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What Is A Subpoena In An Illinois Divorce Case?

By Russell Knight | August 11, 2020
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Divorce subpoena in Illinois

While most days lawyers are busy begging the court for permission to do this or do that, there are something lawyers can do with great effect and without anyone’s permission.  In Illinois, lawyers can issue subpoenas.  Subpoenas are formal requests…

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When Should I File For Divorce In Illinois?

By Russell Knight | August 7, 2020
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Timing and Divorce In Illinois

Thinking about divorce is common.  Every married person has thought about divorce. Most married people have researched divorce (and stumbled on sites like this). But when it comes to filing for divorce, people are hesitant.  Even if a person is…

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What Is Income In An Illinois Child Support Case?

By Russell Knight | August 2, 2020
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Income calculation for child support

Child support in Illinois is determined by the two parents’ incomes.  The two incomes go into a formula which “reflects the percentage of combined net income that parents living in the same household in this State ordinarily spend on their…

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Can You “Take The Fifth” During An Illinois Divorce Case?

By Russell Knight | August 1, 2020
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divorce 5th amendment

Most people’s exposure to the legal system is usually in the form of crime movies where the alleged criminal says “I plead the fifth” in order to avoid testifying to something.  The movie judge, inevitably, shrugs their shoulders and the…

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How To Reopen A Divorce Case In Illinois

By Russell Knight | July 29, 2020
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Reopen a divorce in Illinois

A marriage is when society recognizes the emotional bond a couple has and imbues mutual obligations on the couple so that they might better function as a unit.  Divorce is the dissolution of those mutual obligations…but there’s usually still leftover…

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Children’s Passports After An Illinois Divorce

By Russell Knight | July 19, 2020
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Illinois divorce and passports

Illinois divorce and family courts have a lot of power…in Illinois.  Once a parent or child is outside of Illinois, it becomes much more difficult for an Illinois domestic relations court to enforce their orders. If the children leave the…

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In Illinois, How Do I Enforce or Modify Divorce And Custody Orders From Another State?

By Russell Knight | July 12, 2020
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Moving a divorce case to Illinois

Every divorce or custody order typically includes a line saying “pursuant to this state’s laws.”  People don’t live in one state forever. What happens when a party to a divorce or custody action moves and they need to enforce the…

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Parental Alienation In Illinois

By Russell Knight | July 9, 2020
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Illinois parental alienation

When two parents decide to no longer continue their relationship with each other they still must maintain a relationship with the children. When one parent’s relationship with his or her child is harmed by the other parent the term “parental…

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Stepparents and Divorce In Illinois

By Russell Knight | July 7, 2020
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Step-parents In An Illinois Divorce

Divorce isn’t just the ending of a marriage, divorces can also be a new beginning.  New relationships will blossom and then strengthen. If a divorced person has children, this means that there will be a stepparent situation that everyone will have…

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Second Jobs, Overtime And Divorce In Illinois

By Russell Knight | July 5, 2020
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Overtime and 2nd Jobs In An Illinois Divorce

Divorce is financially stressful.  Two incomes used to support one household before the divorce.  After the divorce, one income often supports two households. On top of those household expenses are the divorce attorneys’ fees.  Often the only way to pay…

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