The Duty To Seek Employment After An Illinois Divorce

By Russell Knight | June 5, 2021
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Seek employment after divorce

After a maintenance award is made in an Illinois divorce, there will be some language that will specify the amount and duration of maintenance The amount and duration of maintenance is “designed to allow the recipient spouse to maintain the…

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Do I Have To Support My Immigrant Spouse In An Illinois Divorce?

By Russell Knight | June 3, 2021
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Foreign Spouse Support

Marriage to an American citizen is the most common path to U.S. residency for foreign nationals, with more than 2.3 million foreign nationals gaining lawful permanent resident status via marriage between 1998 and 2007. What obligations does an American citizen…

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Retirement And Maintenance In An Illinois Divorce

By Russell Knight | May 9, 2021
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Alimony and Retirement In An Illinois Divorce

Maintenance, formerly known as “alimony” in Illinois, is a way to further insure an equitable division of finances between two spouses who have unequal incomes. One spouse has relied on the other spouse for regular financial support, the Illinois legislature…

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What is NOT Modifiable in an Illinois Divorce

By Russell Knight | April 24, 2021
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Res Judicata Illinois Divorce

Divorce cases are about finally terminating a long-dying relationship and finally unwinding the the married parties’ joint affairs. Eventually, a final hearing is performed which awards all assets to each party, determines maintenance and child support and allocates parenting time…

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A New Spouse’s Income After An Illinois Divorce

By Russell Knight | March 7, 2021
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Remarriage and Child Support

At the moment an Illinois divorce is registered, the final court documents capture a moment in time. A moment where both parties are unmarried…but they won’t be for long. People who get divorced usually get married again. A remarriage means…

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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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