Can You Change An Agreement After Mediation In An Illinois Divorce?

By Russell Knight | January 15, 2022
Changing your mind after signing an agreement in an Illinois divorce

Obviously, when a court order is entered with the clerk’s seal and the judge’s signature, any agreement that is memorialized in the order becomes the law of the land. What about the time between when the parties agree…and when the…

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Mental Cruelty And Emotional Abuse In An Illinois Divorce

By Russell Knight | January 14, 2022
Emotional Abuse In An Illinois Divorce

In the course of a marriage and especially a divorce, one party is going to say cruel and hurtful things to the other party. Sticks and stones might break bones…but words do hurt. Does mental cruelty and/or emotional abuse impact…

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Divorce In Illinois Without A Spouse’s Signature In Illinois

By Russell Knight | January 8, 2022
Divorce Without A Signature In Illinois

“Send me the divorce papers,” your spouse may yell at you in a moment of frustration. But, then what? No one just automatically signs divorce papers. More often than not, a spouse will refuse to sign divorce papers just to…

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Can A Spouse Throw Out My Belongings In Illinois?

By Russell Knight | January 7, 2022
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Throw away valuables in a divorce

We’ve all seen the trope in movies on TV where an angry wife throws her husband’s things out the bedroom window onto the front lawn. Some movies take it even further and a spouse will burn the other spouse’s things…

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Voluntary Dismissal Of A Petition For Dissolution Of Marriage in Illinois

By Russell Knight | January 6, 2022
Non-suit a divorce in Illinois

If you start a divorce in Illinois, you can stop it anytime by simply filing a motion to voluntarily dismiss your petition for dissolution of marriage. “The plaintiff may, at any time before trial or hearing begins, upon notice to…

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How Can I Keep My Ex From Claiming My Child On Their Taxes?

By Russell Knight | January 5, 2022
What if your ex claims your child on your taxes?

There are significant benefits to declaring a child on your tax return.  However, you can’t get those benefits if someone else has claimed your child on their tax return.   “There shall be allowed as a credit against the tax…

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Responding To A Motion During An Illinois Divorce

By Russell Knight | January 2, 2022
Responding to a motion in an Illinois divorce

In the course of an Illinois divorce, one side will file something and the court will order “21 days to respond to the filing.” Thus, every bit of work that one side in an Illinois divorce does creates work for…

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Degrees And Licenses In An Illinois Divorce

By Russell Knight | January 1, 2022
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Degrees and licenses in an Illinois divorce

Having a professional degree and license is often very lucrative (take it from me). A degree makes a degree eligible for certain professional positions and a license makes a license holder an exclusive provider of some regulated service. These restrictions…

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Do You Need To Consummate Your Marriage In Illinois?

By Russell Knight | December 31, 2021
Failure To Consummate Marriage In Illinois

When people say “I wish I was never married to my ex” they really mean it. People will start thinking of ways they can possibly have their marriage annulled and, thus, never have been married to their ex. The most…

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Tracking Devices In An Illinois Divorce

By Russell Knight | December 28, 2021
tracking device in an Illinois divorce

A divorce usually means a complete loss of trust in a spouse…and a lot of unanswered questions. It may be tempting to know where your spouse is at all times in order to answer those questions. The bevy of modern…

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