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I am behind on my child support in Chicago, Illinois. What’s going to happen?

By Russell Knight | November 19, 2017
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Two different parties can cause you big problems if you’re behind on your child support in Chicago, Illinois: 1) The parent you owe the money to and 2) The Cook County clerk of court. The parent you owe money to…

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I want to move with my child out of Chicago, Illinois? Can I?

By Russell Knight | November 18, 2017
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If you’re engaged to someone out of town or you’ve got a better job offer in another state, you may want to move out of Chicago, Illinois with your child…whether the other parent likes it or not. Before 2016, the…

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How do I change my child’s last name in Chicago, Illinois?

By Russell Knight | November 18, 2017
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Maybe your child has your last name and now you want to give your child the father’s (biological or not) last name.  You are going to need to know how to change a child’s last name in Chicago, Illinois. When…

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In Chicago, Illinois, how can I change my parenting time or visitation?

By Russell Knight | August 8, 2017
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A child’s schedule and yours will change dramatically as the child grows older and your life condition changes.  You will need to know how you can change your parenting time or visitation in Chicago, Illinois. If there is no previous…

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I signed a Mahr and I’m getting divorced in Chicago, Illinois. Can I enforce the Mahr in court?

By Russell Knight | July 20, 2017
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In Islam, a mahr (also transliterated mehir, mehr, meher, mehrieh or mahriyeh) is a mandatory payment, in the form of money or possessions paid or promised to pay by the groom, or by groom’s father, to the bride at the time of marriage, that legally becomes her property.…

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What If My Spouse Conceals His Or Her Assets And I find Out After We’re Divorced In Chicago, Illinois?

By Russell Knight | May 30, 2017
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During the divorce process your spouse and you are supposed to exchange documents detailing all of your assets (marital and non-marital).  This process is called “discovery.” It is unfortunate but common for spouses to hide assets and not disclose those…

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In Chicago, Illinois, Is Permanent Maintenance Really Permanent?

By Russell Knight | April 15, 2017
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Maintenance (formerly known as alimony) is awarded for a period of time after the divorce. Maintenance can be for just a few months or maintenance can be permanent in Illinois. Illinois law provides that maintenance (formerly known as alimony) is…

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Allocation of Parental Responsibilities and Parenting Time

By Russell Knight | February 5, 2017
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For years, Illinois statutes referred to decision making for the children of separated parents as “custody” and the time spent with the children by the non-primary parent as “visitation”.  As of January 1, 2016, the Illinois state legislature changed all…

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What is Discovery in a Chicago, Illinois Divorce Case?

By Russell Knight | January 3, 2017
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What is Discovery? Discovery is the process through which attorneys, prior to a trial, obtain information about a case they will be involved in. They usually do this through such actions as sending and receiving series of questions (called interrogatories)…

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In Chicago, Illinois, can the court award me custody of my dog, cat or pet?

By Russell Knight | August 6, 2016
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For years, the answer to Chicago divorce pet custody questions has been, “There is no custody for animals. Pets are treated as property and divided as such. In theory, if you don’t agree as to who gets the animal, the…

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