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I Bought Something With My Spouse Using Non-marital Property. What Will Happen In My Chicago divorce?

By Russell Knight | November 19, 2017
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In a Chicago, Illinois divorce, all property held by either of the two parties (or both) is either marital property or non-marital property. Marital property is divisible in the divorce proceedings while non-marital property stays with the person in possession…

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I signed a Mahr and I’m getting divorced in Chicago, Illinois. Can I enforce the Mahr in court?

By Russell Knight | July 20, 2017
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In Islam, a mahr (also transliterated mehir, mehr, meher, mehrieh or mahriyeh) is a mandatory payment, in the form of money or possessions paid or promised to pay by the groom, or by groom’s father, to the bride at the time of marriage, that legally becomes her property.…

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What If My Spouse Conceals His Or Her Assets And I find Out After We’re Divorced In Chicago, Illinois?

By Russell Knight | May 30, 2017
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During the divorce process your spouse and you are supposed to exchange documents detailing all of your assets (marital and non-marital).  This process is called “discovery.” It is unfortunate but common for spouses to hide assets and not disclose those…

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Allocation of Parental Responsibilities and Parenting Time

By Russell Knight | February 5, 2017
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For years, Illinois statutes referred to decision making for the children of separated parents as “custody” and the time spent with the children by the non-primary parent as “visitation”.  As of January 1, 2016, the Illinois state legislature changed all…

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What is Discovery in an Illinois Divorce?

By Russell Knight | January 3, 2017
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Discovery is the process through which attorneys and litigants, prior to a trial, obtain information about the case they are involved in. “The purposes of litigation are best served when each party knows as much about the controversy as is…

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Hear Chicago Divorce Lawyer Russell Knight Interviewed on AM560 Regarding Divorce Law

By Russell Knight | December 6, 2016
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It was my pleasure to be interviewed regarding divorce and real estate on Chicago’s AM 560 The Answer If you have questions about your own divorce and real estate, please contact my Chicago law office and set up a free…

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4 Things You Can Do to Have a Cheap Divorce at Our Chicago Office

By Russell Knight | November 6, 2016

Divorce is expensive. My office focuses on providing value for the clients.  While we do everything we can do to provide maximum value at minimal cost there are many things a client can do to reduce his or her fees.…

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In Chicago, Illinois, after I’m divorced do I have to pay for college for my children?

By Russell Knight | September 10, 2016
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If the Cook County Court orders, you must contribute to your children’s college expenses after a divorce. The Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act 750 ILCS 513 says that either or both of the parents can be ordered to…

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When is mediation required in a Chicago, Illinois divorce case?

By Russell Knight | September 7, 2016
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Mediation is a great idea for any divorce.  Mediation can help eliminate some or all disagreements and thereby eliminate the need for most of a divorce lawyers work.  But often the parties to a divorce are in such disagreement that…

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In Chicago, Illinois, can the court award me custody of my dog, cat or pet?

By Russell Knight | August 6, 2016
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For years, the answer to Chicago divorce pet custody questions has been, “There is no custody for animals. Pets are treated as property and divided as such. In theory, if you don’t agree as to who gets the animal, the…

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