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How To Disinherit Your Spouse In Illinois

By Russell Knight | March 1, 2021
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Disinherited Spouse

When you’re getting married you hear the words “”Til Death Do Us Part.” When you contemplate divorce, you don’t want your current spouse to have anything after you die. So, how do you disinherit a spouse in Illinois? A Divorce…

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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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What Is Judicial Notice In An Illinois Divorce Hearing Or Trial?

By Russell Knight | February 6, 2021
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Judicial Notice In Illinois

Much of the divorce process looks like backroom horse trading…and it kind of is. But, when you can’t agree in those back rooms, you have the right to go to a full hearing in front of a judge. At that…

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Preservation And Destruction of Evidence In An Illinois Divorce

By Russell Knight | February 4, 2021
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Destroying evidence in Illinois

Every divorce litigant ends up realizing that a massive amount of their divorce is devoted to discovery. Discovery is the accumulation of relevant information which either gives a party peace of mind or gives a party evidence to use in…

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Opening Statements In An Illinois Divorce

By Russell Knight | January 31, 2021
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Opening Statement

In an Illinois divorce hearing or trial before evidence is put on there will be the opportunity for each side to deliver an opening statement “The opening statement is intended generally to inform the [finder of fact] concerning the nature…

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My Child’s Father or Mother Is In Prison. Can They Still Pay Child Support?

By Russell Knight | January 24, 2021
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Incarcerated parents in Illinois

When a parent goes away it’s sad for everyone but when a parent is literally locked up and inaccessible to their children and unable to provide for their children, it’s a tragedy. But, just because someone is in jail and…

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Unconscionable Prenuptial Agreements In Illinois

By Russell Knight | January 23, 2021
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Break an Illinois prenup

In the lead up to a marriage there is much thought given to how to build a life together but very little thought as to how those intertwined lives would be unwound if there was a divorce. People entering into…

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What is a QILDRO in an Illinois Divorce?

By Russell Knight | January 22, 2021
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QILDRO Divorce

There are so many acronyms in Illinois family law: HFS, MSA, OC, QDRO, QILDRO. It’s hard to keep track of terms that are only relevant in an Illinois divorce…while you’re in the middle of an Illinois divorce. What is a…

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Standard Of Living And Maintenance In An Illinois Divorce

By Russell Knight | January 16, 2021
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Standard of Living Enjoyed During The Marriage

Most of people’s understanding of divorce comes from television and movies…which are made in California. Therefore, we often parrot back Californian law that has little to no impact in states such as Illinois. One Californian legal concept is that the…

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My Spouse Gave Me A Sexually Transmitted Disease. What Do I Do?

By Russell Knight | January 15, 2021
STD and Divorce in Illinois

Sex outside of a marriage is bad enough but when someone brings something back from extramarital sex, it is really bad. Sadly, a sexually transmitted disease is usually the cherry on top of a horrible divorce sundae. It’s embarrassing at…

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