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Police Reports In An Illinois Divorce

By Russell Knight | October 19, 2021
Police reports and evidence in Illinois

Divorce is a state of conflict and, often, police are called to resolve that conflict. When the police finish their work, they often prepare a report of what happened. That report will include the police officer’s observations and opinions. In…

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Intervening In An Illinois Divorce

By Russell Knight | October 17, 2021
Motion To Intervene

A divorce definitely includes two spouses. A divorce probably includes children who were the product of that marriage. But, sometimes a divorce can involve third parties such as parents of the spouses, corporations the spouses own, or other third parties…

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Intentional Infliction Of Emotional Distress And Divorce In Illinois

By Russell Knight | October 16, 2021
IIED in Illinois and Divorce

People do horrible things to each other before, during and after a divorce. The Illinois divorce process, however, rarely addresses horrible behavior. Illinois divorce courts “divide…marital property without regard to marital misconduct in just proportions” 750 ILCS 5/503(d) Child support and…

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Translating During An Illinois Divorce

By Russell Knight | October 15, 2021
Interpreter in an Illinois divorce

“The official language of the State of Illinois is English.” 5 ILCS 460/20 However, one or both parties to an Illinois divorce may not speak English well enough to adequately understand and communicate during their Illinois divorce court proceedings. “Fundamental…

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Marijuana In An Illinois Divorce

By Russell Knight | October 10, 2021
Divorce and Marijuana In Illinois

Marijuana is now legal for recreational use in Illinois. Does this mean that the stressed-out, divorce litigant can light up a joint without fear of repercussion from both the police and their divorce judge? Marijuana use, legal or not, can…

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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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Modifying College Contribution Requirements After An Illinois Divorce

By Russell Knight | October 2, 2021
Modifying College Contribution

Illinois is a rare state in that it can require parents to provide for their children’s college expenses past the age of 18 through their Marital Settlement Agreement or via a Judgment from an Illinois divorce judge. Things change as…

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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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Child Endangerment In Illinois

By Russell Knight | September 26, 2021
The Crime of Child Endangerment

Being a parent isn’t easy but there are some pretty low bars for minimum standards as a parent in Illinois. First and foremost: keep your children safe. In fact, it’s a crime to put your children in danger in Illinois.…

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What Is An Objection In An Illinois Divorce Hearing Or Trial?

By Russell Knight | September 21, 2021
objections during an Illinois trial

A hearing or trial in an Illinois divorce is both parties presenting evidence via testimony and exhibits to an Illinois divorce judge. The divorce judge will weigh all of the evidence presented unless the divorce judge finds the evidence to…

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