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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 Marital Settlement Agreement In An Illinois Divorce?

By Russell Knight | August 27, 2020
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MSA in Illinois Divorce

It’s often said that 99% of divorces end up settling rather than go to trial. But what does that mean? What is the result of a divorce settlement in Illinois? The end result of divorce in Illinois is a series…

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Terminating Maintenance After An Illinois Divorce

By Russell Knight | June 10, 2020
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Enough Alimony in Illinois

Maintenance (formerly known as alimony) is a funny thing in Illinois.  If you aren’t awarded maintenance at the finalization of your Illinois divorce, you can never ask for it in the future.  But, if you are receiving maintenance, sooner or…

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Temporary Maintenance In An Illinois Divorce

By Russell Knight | May 24, 2020
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Temporary alimony in Illinois

Earnest Hemingway was once asked, “How’d you go bankrupt?” Earnest replied, “Two ways, slowly and then all at once.”  That’s a lot like how a divorce works. Years of resentment and planning becomes tactics and strategy once the divorce is…

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Enforcing Alimony In Illinois

By Russell Knight | May 22, 2020
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Recourse for non-payment of alimony in Illinois

At the end of your divorce you’ll receive a final document that says your spouse must pay you X dollars in maintenance (formerly knowns as alimony) every month.  That final divorce decree will be emblazoned with an Illinois divorce judge’s…

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Social Security Disability Insurance and Divorce In Illinois

By Russell Knight | May 11, 2020
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SSDI and divorce in Illinois

In America, almost everyone is expected to work. A person who doesn’t work will have find that their lack of employment has massive implications if they get divorced.  The Illinois family law courts recognize that there is a big difference…

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My Spouse Refuses To Work In My Illinois Divorce

By Russell Knight | April 30, 2020
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Spouse won't work

Every marriage has roles and responsibilities.  Often, one party to a marriage ends up being the breadwinner or sole earner in the house while the other party takes care of the home and possibly the children.  So much of an…

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Bonus Income And Divorce In Illinois

By Russell Knight | April 3, 2020
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divorce in chicago and bonus

Money is a funny thing in an Illinois divorce. In a divorce, money is an asset which can be divisible or not based on whether it is marital.  In a divorce money is also evidence of income which can determine…

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Taxes and Divorce

By Russell Knight | May 4, 2019
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Divorce and taxes

Whenever money is being transferred there is a possibility of taxes.  Perhaps there is no bigger transfer than the transfer of assets and income during divorce.  Therefore, taxes and divorce must be considered together when negotiating and finalizing a dissolution…

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What Happens If My Husband Or Wife Dies During My Divorce?

By Russell Knight | October 23, 2018
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Death and divorce

Divorces can take years and there is always the possibility that a party in a divorce case may die during the divorce.  This means the divorce will not be finalized and then the marital estate remains unsettled and undistributed. What…

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