Stepparents and Divorce In Illinois

By Russell Knight | July 7, 2020
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Step-parents In An Illinois Divorce

Divorce isn’t just the ending of a marriage, it’s also a new beginning.  New relationships will blossom and then strengthen.  If a divorced person has children, this means that there will be a stepparent, situation that everyone will have to…

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Second Jobs, Overtime And Divorce In Illinois

By Russell Knight | July 5, 2020
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Overtime and 2nd Jobs In An Illinois Divorce

Divorce is financially stressful.  Two incomes used to support one household before the divorce.  After the divorce, one income often supports two households. On top of those household expenses are the divorce attorneys’ fees.  Often the only way to pay…

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Counter-Petition For Dissolution Of Marriage In Illinois

By Russell Knight | June 30, 2020
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Counter-petition for divorce in Illinois

Divorce is sometimes a surprise.  Your spouse can serve you with divorce papers and you must then follow your spouse through the divorce process. It can feel like your soon-to-be-ex is in charge of the divorce because they were the…

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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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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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Daycare and Divorce in Illinois

By Russell Knight | May 27, 2020
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Child care expenses in Illinois custody cases

Before a child is in kindergarten, they love you completely no matter what you’ve done. The child will barely even know you’re divorced or separated from the other parent.  It’s a very special time to be a parent but most…

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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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