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How To Read A W-2 In An Illinois Divorce

By Russell Knight | November 13, 2020
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W2 divorce

In almost every Illinois divorce financial documents will be exchanged between the parties. This exchange always includes the parties’ taxes, which may have been filed together. The tax return usually tells 90% of a divorcing party’s financial story in regards…

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Stay At Home Parents And Homemakers In An Illinois Divorce

By Russell Knight | November 7, 2020
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Homemaker divorce Illinois

A marriage with a homemaker is often a symbiotic relationship where everyone is happier for it…until they’re not. After a divorce, there can be no further cooperation. The homemaker either has to get a job, request alimony, child support and/or…

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Cohabitation And Divorce In Illinois

By Russell Knight | October 28, 2020
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Living with new boyfriend or girlfriend after divorce

People get divorced but it is rarely their last relationship. “Love is waiting for you,” I’ll joke with my clients during the darkest hours of the divorce process. A year later, I’ll see them on the street with their new…

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Pregnancy And Divorce In Illinois

By Russell Knight | October 17, 2020
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Divorcing while pregnant in Illinois

Children are a blessing…but sometimes their timing is way off. When you’re going through a divorce and you get pregnant or your spouse gets pregnant, your divorce gets a lot more complicated.  Still, that baby is coming and can be…

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What Is A Retainer In An Illinois Divorce?

By Russell Knight | September 11, 2020
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Retainer and divorce in Illinois

Lawyers have a peculiar way of charging people. Some professionals will send you a bill at the end of a job and other professionals will require an initial deposit. Lawyers, however, will ask for a retainer before beginning work on…

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Religion And Divorce In Illinois

By Russell Knight | September 1, 2020
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Divorce and Religion In Illinois

They say you should never talk about politics, sex or religion in polite company. Debating some issues only lead to disagreements and hurt feelings. Well, when you’re getting divorced, you already disagree while your feelings are hurt so you might…

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529 Plans and Divorce In Illinois

By Russell Knight | August 23, 2020
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Divorce and 529 plans in Illinois

Being a parent in America is expensive.  The first four years are the massive expense of daycare and then 13 years later is the massive expense of college.  Some parents plan for these expenses by saving in advance by investing…

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Request For Admission of Fact Or Genuineness Of Documents In An Illinois Divorce

By Russell Knight | August 18, 2020
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Request For Admission of Facts and Genuineness Of Documents In Illinois

After the initial Petition For Dissolution Of Marriage is filed, the other party is served but before the final trial or prove-up is a long period, called “Discovery” that constitutes the majority of the work in an Illinois divorce.  Discovery…

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What Is A Declaratory Judgment In An Illinois Divorce?

By Russell Knight | August 15, 2020
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Illinois declaratory judgment

If law was easy, anyone could just read the law and say, “this is what this means for my case.” Everyone knows that is NOT how the law works. Instead, two sides who cannot negotiate a resolution to their dispute…

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When Should I File For Divorce In Illinois?

By Russell Knight | August 7, 2020
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Timing and Divorce In Illinois

Thinking about divorce is common.  Every married person has thought about divorce. Most married people have researched divorce (and stumbled on sites like this). But when it comes to filing for divorce, people are hesitant.  Even if a person is…

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