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Public Records In An Illinois Divorce Trial Or Hearing

By Russell Knight | November 21, 2021
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Government documents in an Illinois divorce

You cannot just show up in an Illinois divorce court with a bunch of documents for a judge to review. Documents are an “out of court statement to prove the truth of the matter asserted.” Therefore, documents are hearsay and…

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Keeping Non-Party Witnesses Out Of Court During An Illinois Divorce Trial

By Russell Knight | November 20, 2021
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Excluding Witnesses

An Illinois divorce judge is the finder of fact during an Illinois divorce trial. The Illinois divorce judge determines what are true facts based on the testimony of the witnesses presented. A judge can use many different factors to determine…

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Questions Beyond The Scope Of Direct Examination In Illinois Divorce

By Russell Knight | November 19, 2021
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Cross-Examination Illinois Divorce

In an Illinois divorce trial each party has the right to call their own witnesses in order to take testimony and/or present evidence. The initial questioning of a witness is called direct examination. After a witness is called to testify…

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Habit In An Illinois Divorce Hearing Or Trial

By Russell Knight | October 24, 2021
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The habit evidence rule in Illinois

A divorce trial doesn’t unwind a single incident the way a personal injury or criminal case does. Rather, a divorce takes the totality of a relationship and creates binding orders based on the cumulative past behaviors of both spouses. How…

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Nonresponsive Answers In An Illinois Divorce

By Russell Knight | October 24, 2021
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Unresponsive answers from a witness in Illinois court

While questioning a witness in an Illinois divorce hearing or trial, the witness may provide an answer…that is not the answer to your question. Answering a question with an evasive or equivocal answer is either dumb, rude or manipulative. Answers…

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Can A Lawyer Talk To Their Client During An Illinois Divorce Hearing Or Trial?

By Russell Knight | October 23, 2021
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Can a lawyer talk to a witness on a trial break?

In an Illinois divorce hearing or trial, you are counting on your lawyer to guide you through the process. Your lawyer can discuss anything with you under the full protection of attorney-client privilege throughout your Illinois divorce. But once testimony…

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