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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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Contempt In An Illinois Divorce Case

By Russell Knight | October 12, 2020
Contempt Of Court In Illinois

If you do something wrong in a court case, you could be held in contempt of court.  What is contempt in an Illinois divorce case? The definition of contempt is broad. “The act of demeaning the court, preventing justice administration,…

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When Do You Need A Court Reporter In An Illinois Divorce?

By Russell Knight | October 10, 2020
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Court reporter and Illinois divorce

As if divorce court in Illinois wasn’t intimidating enough, someone is sitting in the corner writing everything down.  That person typing on the little typewriter is the court reporter.  But, sometimes the court reporter is in court and sometimes there’s…

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Medical Records And Divorce In Illinois

By Russell Knight | October 7, 2020
Illinois divorce and medical records

Divorce is a tragedy.  It often affects a divorcing person’s mental and physical health.  Then those health issues can become an issue in the divorce. Divorcing parties start making accusations about their spouse’s mental and physical health and subsequently demand…

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How To Get A Continuance In An Illinois Divorce Case

By Russell Knight | October 2, 2020
Motion for continuance Illinois

An Illinois divorce case starts with a Petition For Dissolution Of Marriage.  Upon that filing, the opposing party is required to file an Appearance and a Response To the Petition Of Dissolution Of Marriage. After that, nothing is really required…

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What Is A Substantial Change In Circumstances In An Illinois Divorce?

By Russell Knight | September 19, 2020
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Substantial Change and Divorce

When a divorce in Illinois is finalized, the parties are issued final orders which both parties must abide by. But, life goes on and things change eventually no matter what the Marital Settlement Agreement or Allocation of Parental Responsibilities and…

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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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What Is A Motion In An Illinois Divorce?

By Russell Knight | September 9, 2020
Divorce Court Motion Illinois

What happens after a Petition For Dissolution Of Marriage is filed? People don’t just cooperate and work together on the divorce. Divorcing parties ignore each other at best and hate each other at worst.  So, how is a divorce supposed…

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What Is An Answer In An Illinois Divorce?

By Russell Knight | September 7, 2020
Answering Motions In Divorce

Showing up to a court date for your divorce is intimidating.  Your personal life is falling apart and now you are expected to resolve the issues in a completely formal and foreign environment: divorce court. Everyone is wearing a suit. …

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Military Divorce In Illinois

By Russell Knight | September 6, 2020
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Illinois divorce and the military

Outside pressures in life can often affect our most intimate relationships.  Few people have more outside pressures than the members of our nation’s military.  Members of the military have special responsibilities to our society and our society, in turn, creates…

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