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How To Prove Parentage In Illinois

By Russell Knight | June 12, 2022
Paternity Laws In Illinois

Children deserve to have both parents in their life. When one parent (always the father) will not readily admit to parentage, it is sad for everyone involved. But, that parent may have good cause to not admit to parentage of…

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Same Sex Parents In An Illinois Divorce

By Russell Knight | December 8, 2021
Same Sex Parents In An Illinois Divorce

Parents are parents. It does not matter what gender either parent is. When same sex parents divorce those same sex parents use a system of laws originally designed for opposite sex couples. Because Illinois divorce laws are implicitly designed for…

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Signing Away Rights As A Parent In Illinois

By Russell Knight | June 26, 2021
terminate parental rights in Illinois

Parents often come to me and ask if the other parent can simply “sign away their rights” and essentially have no further responsibility or right to their child. I’m not sure why they think a signature is all it takes…

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Pregnancy And Divorce In Illinois

By Russell Knight | October 17, 2020
Divorcing while pregnant in Illinois

Children are a blessing…but sometimes their timing is way off. When you’re getting divorced in Illinois and you get pregnant or your spouse gets pregnant, your divorce gets a lot more complicated.  Still, that baby is coming and can be…

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What Is A Voluntary Acknowledgment Of Paternity In Illinois?

By Russell Knight | August 7, 2020
Voluntary Acknowledgment of Paternity Illinois

How is paternity determined in Illinois? While it may be obvious as to who is the mother of a child (the woman who gave birth to that child) it is not 100% certain who is the father of a child. Our…

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Frozen Embryos And Divorce In Illinois

By Russell Knight | May 30, 2020
divorce and frozen embryos in Illinois

People are getting married later and later.  The scientific evidence is showing that it becomes increasingly difficult and even dangerous for a married couple to postpone conception.  So, some married couples fertilize and egg via invitro fertilization and then subsequently…

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Illinois Divorce With A Child

By Russell Knight | April 17, 2019
Chicago divorce with children

Divorces are difficult wherever they are. An Illinois divorce with a child or with children is even more difficult.  I often tell clients who have no children or have grown children, “your divorce is automatically 75% easier than the average…

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How Do I Deny Paternity In Illinois?

By Russell Knight | January 7, 2018

We all know that to find out if a child is yours or not is simply a matter of taking a DNA test. But how do you establish, legally, in Illinois, that you are not the father? How do you…

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Parenting in Chicago Alone # 7: Morton Arboretum

By Russell Knight | October 31, 2014
Places to go with your kids

This is number seven in my series of “Parenting Alone In Chicago.”  My hope is that my clients or my readers can use these posts as a list of places to enjoy with their children after their divorce, separation or…

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