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How To Delay A Divorce In Illinois

By Russell Knight | June 18, 2020
Divorce delay in Illinois

A lot of strategy in a divorce is about timing.  For most people, they want to get divorced as quickly as possible.  The sooner a divorce is over, the sooner your obligations to the marriage end. But, there are some…

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In What County Do I File For Divorce In Illinois?

By Russell Knight | June 14, 2020
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jurisdiction in Illinois divorce

Illinois has 102 counties. Each county has its own court system for resolving divorce and other family law matters. The county wherein a divorce litigant files for divorce will determine who will decide the terms of that divorce.  Therefore, this…

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Dating During Divorce In Illinois

By Russell Knight | June 13, 2020
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Illinois Divorce And Dating

Many people don’t wait for the divorce process to officially end before dating.  The wisdom of dating during a divorce in Illinois is debatable.  If you or your spouse are actively dating other people while unwinding your relationship through an…

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I Was Served With Divorce Papers In Illinois. Now What?

By Russell Knight | June 6, 2020
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Service in an Illinois divorce

Divorce is hard.  It would be nice if everyone could proceed with a divorce on a schedule that accommodates their own personal physical, emotional and mental needs.  Unfortunately, that’s not how divorce works in Illinois.  Once a person has filed…

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Abandonment And Divorce In Illinois

By Russell Knight | June 5, 2020
Divorce and Abandonment In Illinois

People don’t always announce, “I want a divorce!” Sometimes, they just leave…and you never hear from them again.  The other spouse’s life must go on and get in order so they will need a divorce from the spouse who abandoned…

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Pretrial In An Illinois Divorce

By Russell Knight | May 31, 2020
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Divorce pre-trials in Illinois

After months of status dates in court, exchanging documents and wondering when something will actually happen in your divorce, the divorce judge’s voice will boom, “Pretrial is scheduled for next month.  Have your memos delivered to my clerk 7 days…

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Sibling Visitation Rights in Illinois

By Russell Knight | May 26, 2020
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Siblings and divorce in Illinois

A family is not just a mom, a dad and a kid.  There are usually other kids. A child’s relationship to his or her siblings is a close bond that’s worth preserving. But, sometimes those siblings don’t live with mom…

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The Final Hearing or Prove Up in An Illinois Divorce

By Russell Knight | May 25, 2020
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Prove up Illinois divorce

When you go to divorce court in Illinois to finalize your divorce at the “prove up” hearing, you’ll find yourself in a big wood paneled courtroom where everyone is wearing suits and a robed judge sits above everyone behind a…

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How To Change Your Name After Divorce In Illinois?

By Russell Knight | May 24, 2020
Changing your name after an Illinois divorce

A cultural tradition in the United States and in most of the Western world is for the wife of a marriage to adopt her husband’s last name.  Alternatively, the wife can hyphenate her name and add husband’s last name (this…

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Enforcing Alimony In Illinois

By Russell Knight | May 22, 2020
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Recourse for non-payment of alimony in Illinois

At the end of your divorce you’ll receive a final document that says your spouse must pay you X dollars in maintenance (formerly knowns as alimony) every month.  That final divorce decree will be emblazoned with an Illinois divorce judge’s…

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