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My Spouse’s Income Reduced During My Illinois Divorce

By Russell Knight | January 9, 2021
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Reduced Income In An Illinois Divorce

Things change when people get divorced. Whether it is the stress of a divorce or the conniving strategy, incomes seems to plummet during the divorce process. In Illinois, income is what determines maintenance (formerly known as alimony) and child support.…

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What is Non-Modifiable Maintenance In An Illinois Divorce?

By Russell Knight | December 8, 2020
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Non-modifiable alimony in Illinois

Maintenance (formerly known as alimony) is the manner in which Illinois divorce courts assure both parties to a divorce that they will be able to maintain their lifestyles post-divorce until they are able to “get back on their feet.” Illinois…

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Body Attachments In An Illinois Divorce Court

By Russell Knight | November 19, 2020
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divorce arrest illinois

Divorce law is funny in Illinois. We say “dissolution of marriage” instead of “divorce,” we say “maintenance” instead of “alimony,” and we say “body attachment” instead of “an order for arrest.” A body attachment is a big deal! A body…

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Interest and Dividend Income In An Illinois Divorce

By Russell Knight | November 14, 2020
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Assets and Income Illinois Divorce

“If you don’t find a way to make money while you sleep, you will work until you die.” – Warren Buffett.  Lots of people have followed Warren Buffet’s advice by saving and investing so their money can earn them an independent income one day. These investments generate…

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How To Read A W-2 In An Illinois Divorce

By Russell Knight | November 13, 2020
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W2 divorce

In almost every Illinois divorce financial documents will be exchanged between the parties. This exchange always includes the parties’ taxes, which may have been filed together. The tax return usually tells 90% of a divorcing party’s financial story in regards…

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Stay At Home Parents And Homemakers In An Illinois Divorce

By Russell Knight | November 7, 2020
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Homemaker divorce Illinois

A marriage with a homemaker is often a symbiotic relationship where everyone is happier for it…until they’re not. After a divorce, there can be no further cooperation. The homemaker either has to get a job, request alimony, child support and/or…

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Garnishing Your Ex’s Check For Child Support or Maintenance In Illinois

By Russell Knight | October 3, 2020
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Child support deductions in Illinois

During or at the end of your divorce or parentage action, you may have a judgment and/or order which will instruct one party to pay the other party a sum of money for child support and/or maintenance (formerly known as…

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Can Maintenance Be Modified Upwards After An Illinois Divorce?

By Russell Knight | September 26, 2020
Alimony upwards Illinois

In Illinois, a divorce court can award one party a monthly payment of maintenance from the other party based upon a showing of need and an ability to pay.  This amount of maintenance (formerly known as alimony) is then set…

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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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