My Ex Owes Me Child Support. How Do I Collect That Child Support In Chicago, Illinois?

By Russell Knight | December 17, 2017
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Whether you had an Illinois divorce with a child or you had an Illinois parentage case, if your ex owes you child support it is presumed that an order was entered in an Illinois court requiring him or her to…

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Can My Spouse Pay My Attorney’s Fees in Chicago, Illinois?

By Russell Knight | December 11, 2017
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“The law well settled that the attorney fees are the primary obligation of the party for whom the services are rendered.” In re Marriage of Stufflebeam, 283 Ill. App. 3d 923, 929 (1996) “Under Illinois law, each party pays his…

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In Chicago, Illinois, is property acquired after separation marital or non-marital property?

By Russell Knight | December 10, 2017
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In 12 years of practicing family law in Chicago, Illinois I’ve found that parties almost always separate and begin pursuing separate lives before they even file for divorce.  Often, the parties will then believe that a “line in the sand”…

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Will My Children Have To Testify In My Chicago, Illinois Divorce?

By Russell Knight | December 10, 2017
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Children are a part of a family and their voices can be used to influence the eventual structure of that family after the divorce. Yet, it isn’t always certain that children will or will not testify in a Chicago, Illinois…

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I Bought Something With My Spouse Using Non-marital Property. What Will Happen In My Chicago divorce?

By Russell Knight | November 19, 2017
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In a Chicago, Illinois divorce, all property held by either of the two parties (or both) is either marital property or non-marital property. Marital property is divisible in the divorce proceedings while non-marital property stays with the person in possession…

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Illinois Divorce Law Is Changing Again

By Russell Knight | November 19, 2017
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Illinois Family law is changing once again with the passage of public act 100-520. Some of the new changes include: 750 ILCS 5/21-103.5 now requires that any petition to change a child’s name require notification to a parent or any…

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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. “Removal cases are…

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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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