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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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If I Was Married In Another State Can I Get Divorced In Illinois?

By Russell Knight | May 21, 2020
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Divorce in Illinois after marriage in another state

Yes. You can get divorced in Illinois if you had a valid marriage in another state and either you or your spouse meet the residency requirements for an Illinois divorce to be filed and completed. Marriage In A State Other…

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Is It Better To Be Legally Separated Or Divorced In Illinois?

By Russell Knight | May 20, 2020
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Should you separate or divorce in Illinois?

When you are considering leaving your spouse in Illinois, you have options.  You can get a divorce or you can get a legal separation from your spouse in Illinois.  Is it better to be legally separated or divorced in Illinois?…

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Secondhand Smoke And Child Custody In Illinois

By Russell Knight | May 14, 2020
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Smoking and Divorce in Illinois

Smoking cigarettes is less and less common today…but 15% of Illinois’ population still smokes cigarettes, pipes, cigars and other forms of tobacco. No one wants their kids to smoke cigarettes or even be exposed to secondhand smoke but people who…

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Social Security Disability Insurance and Divorce In Illinois

By Russell Knight | May 11, 2020
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SSDI and divorce in Illinois

In America, almost everyone is expected to work. A person who doesn’t work will have find that their lack of employment has massive implications if they get divorced.  The Illinois family law courts recognize that there is a big difference…

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Mental Illness And Divorce in Illinois

By Russell Knight | May 2, 2020
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Mental Health And Divorce?

The family law and divorce system in Illinois was written and promulgated imagining reasonable, rational parties unwinding their lives in a logical manner. We all get emotional during a break up and the family law system is set up to…

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My Spouse Refuses To Work In My Illinois Divorce

By Russell Knight | April 30, 2020
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Spouse won't work

Every marriage has roles and responsibilities.  Often, one party to a marriage ends up being the breadwinner or sole earner in the house while the other party takes care of the home and possibly the children.  So much of an…

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In Illinois, Divorce Without Knowing Where A Spouse Is Located

By Russell Knight | April 28, 2020
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Divorce By Publication In Illinois

Marriages end for all sorts of reasons. Some people drift apart…and some people really drift apart.  So far apart that they don’t even keep in any kind of contact anymore.  This ongoing separation can last for years and it becomes…

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Seasonably Updating Discovery in An Illinois Divorce

By Russell Knight | April 27, 2020
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Updated discovery Illinois divorce

Discovery in an Illinois divorce is the process by which parties exchange relevant information under their control to the other party in the divorce.  Usually, this discovery is the financial affidavit and the supporting documents plus anything asked for in…

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