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Who Gets The Jewelry In A Chicago, Illinois Divorce?

By Russell Knight | December 29, 2017
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Jewelry is a peculiar asset. Jewelry’s value has to be estimated by a professional before that value is known.  Jewelry can often “disappear” during a divorce. Most all, jewelry is usually a gift.  But, who gets the jewelry in a…

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How Will The New Tax Law Affect Maintenance (Formerly Known As Alimony)

By Russell Knight | December 28, 2017
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Before the new tax law was passed by Congress and signed into law by the president on December 20, 2017, 26 U.S. Code Section 71(a) read “Gross income includes amounts received as alimony or separate maintenance payments” which mean that the…

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Who Gets To Live In The House While We’re Getting Divorced In Chicago, Illinois?

By Russell Knight | December 27, 2017
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When someone asks me “Who gets to live in the house during the divorce?” My first advice to any potential client is that you have to take care of yourself first.  Take care of your physical, mental and emotional health. …

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Can I get my husband or wife deported?

By Russell Knight | December 24, 2017
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As a Chicago divorce attorney who speaks three languages, the issues of immigration and divorce intersect constantly.  Understandably upset clients believe they can solve all of their problems by having their immigrant spouse deported as well as divorced.  The reality…

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Chicago Illinois Divorce Timeline

By Russell Knight | December 19, 2017
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Chicago Illinois Divorce Timeline

To start, one of the spouses hires a lawyer, who files a petition for them in court. This document states basic facts about the marriage. The spouse will be referred to as the petitioner for the rest of the case.…

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Can My Spouse Pay My Attorney’s Fees in Chicago, Illinois?

By Russell Knight | December 11, 2017
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“The law well settled that the attorney fees are the primary obligation of the party for whom the services are rendered.” In re Marriage of Stufflebeam, 283 Ill. App. 3d 923, 929 (1996) “Under Illinois law, each party pays his…

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In Chicago, Illinois, is property acquired after separation marital or non-marital property?

By Russell Knight | December 10, 2017
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In 12 years of practicing family law in Chicago, Illinois I’ve found that parties almost always separate and begin pursuing separate lives before they even file for divorce.  Often, the parties will then believe that a “line in the sand”…

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Will My Children Have To Testify In My Chicago, Illinois Divorce?

By Russell Knight | December 10, 2017
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Children are a part of a family and their voices can be used to influence the eventual structure of that family after the divorce. Yet, it isn’t always certain that children will or will not testify in a Chicago, Illinois…

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My work schedule doesn’t allow me to have regular, specific time off. How will I see my children in Chicago, Illinois?

By Russell Knight | November 27, 2017
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This situation is extremely common for Chicago’s firemen, police, and hospital workers.  Typically, some kind of letter is required from your employer outlining the conditions of your employment including the scheduling arrangement.  If your schedule is truly in constant flux,…

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How Can I Reduce My Child Support In Chicago, Illinois?

By Russell Knight | November 27, 2017
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Child support is always modifiable.  Once a child support payor understands that the next question is always “How can I reduce my child support?” In Chicago, Illinois, to obtain a reduction in his or her child support obligation, a parent…

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