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What Is Mutual Stay Away Order In An Illinois Divorce?

By Russell Knight | October 8, 2021
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Mutual Restraining Orders In An Illinois Divorce

Divorce can lead to (or result from) a lot of horrible events. The worst event in a divorce is the possibility of violence from one or both members of the marriage. After abuse or harassment during or after an Illinois…

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What Is A Motion To Vacate In An Illinois Divorce?

By Russell Knight | October 2, 2021
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Throw out court order

Illinois courts make decisions. Someone is always going to be displeased with a court’s decision. There are multiple ways to make your displeasure known with a court. You can file a motion to reconsider to tell the judge they made…

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Signatures In An Illinois Divorce

By Russell Knight | September 17, 2021
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Signatures during an Illinois divorce

The Illinois Supreme Court has released the Divorce requires a lot of filings with the court. Those filings usually require the signature of a party to the divorce and/or their attorney to certify what is written on the filings. What…

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False Reports To DCFS In Illinois

By Russell Knight | September 16, 2021
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False Allegation to Illinois DCFS

Divorces are heated. Often, parents don’t agree on how to raise their children. Sometimes, parents, their relatives and/or friends can even believe a child is in danger to the point where they call the authorities. In Illinois, the Department of…

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Can I Send My Illinois Divorce To Arbitration?

By Russell Knight | September 12, 2021
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Arbitration clause in a prenuptial agreement

Sophisticated business people know that arbitration is much cheaper and simpler than litigation. Therefore, contracts will often include an arbitration clause that will pre-empt litigation by agreement of the parties. Can arbitration be a substitute for divorce court proceedings in…

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Disclosure Of Mental Health, Drug and Alcohol Abuse In An Illinois Divorce

By Russell Knight | August 28, 2021
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Mental health privacy in an Illinois divorce

People come to see me about divorce and sometimes wonder if they need a divorce or if they can still work on their marriage. I always advise people “Try to work it out. There’s always hope.” In my opinion, the…

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What Is A Status Call In An Illinois Divorce?

By Russell Knight | August 14, 2021
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Status Date in Illinois Divorce

Most court cases involve a moment in time: a crime was allegedly committed or an accident happened. A divorce, however, is an evolving situation. Because of the ongoing nature of a divorce case, the courts require frequent check-ins to ensure…

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Divorce In A Foreign Country And In Illinois

By Russell Knight | August 1, 2021
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Divorce in foreign country vs. Illinois

Divorce laws are different all over the world. It can be tempting for a party to an Illinois divorce to say “I don’t like the divorce laws in Illinois. So, I’ll just file for divorce somewhere else.” Filing a divorce…

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Harassment And Divorce In Illinois

By Russell Knight | May 30, 2021
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Legal harassment in an Illinois divorce

People who are getting divorced do not like each other. That dislike can sometimes manifest into behavior that can be characterized as harassment. Harassment exists on a spectrum from physical violence to mere annoyance. “Harassment is the result of intentional…

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Can You Talk To Your Spouse During An Illinois Divorce?

By Russell Knight | February 27, 2021
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Talking To Spouse During Divorce

Divorce is the end of a relationship but the relationship is rarely truly over. During a divorce, the marriage is still unwinding as parties arrange schedules with their children, divide assets and debts and arrange for support. During the divorce,…

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