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Can I Open My Spouse’s Mail During My Illinois Divorce?

By Russell Knight | April 30, 2022
Looking at your spouse's mail in Illinois

Your spouse has left the marital home…but their mail keeps arriving. What’s in those envelopes? Is it important? Is it secret? Can you open your spouse’s mail during an Illinois divorce? No. You cannot open someone else’s mail…even if you…

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How To Hide Assets In An Illinois Divorce

By Russell Knight | April 23, 2022
Secret assets in an Illinois divorce

Has anyone really been surprised that they got a divorce? I don’t think so. Instead, couples facing divorce plan for months or years for their divorce. They organize their schedule around the kids. They build up an emergency divorce fund.…

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What Is A Subpoena Duces Tecum In An Illinois Divorce?

By Russell Knight | April 12, 2022
Subpoena Duces Tecum Divorce

There are a lot of ways to gather discovery in an Illinois divorce. Notices to produce, interrogatories, depositions, exchange of financial affidavits and subpoenas. One of the more curious discovery requests has the latin name “subpoena duces tecum” which in…

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Illinois Divorce With No Discovery

By Russell Knight | April 10, 2022
Waiving discovery in an Illinois divorce

Being married to someone means you know A LOT about them. You may need to know more about them, however, in order to adequately divide your assets and debts, determine support and establish an appropriate parenting schedule. The request and…

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How Far Back Does Discovery Go In An Illinois Divorce?

By Russell Knight | April 5, 2022
Old discovery documents in an Illinois divorce

Answering discovery in an Illinois divorce is not fun. No one keep track of every detail of their life so they can later turn over those ancient documents to someone who is suing them. The older the document, the less…

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What Is A Deposition In An Illinois Divorce?

By Russell Knight | March 20, 2022
Illinois divorce deposition

Most divorces don’t have any question of fact.  Both parties agree to the basics; how much they earn, what’s in their 401ks, where the kids are registered for school. The final outputs of the divorce, the Judgment, the MSA and…

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Affidavit of Completeness In Illinois Divorce Discovery

By Russell Knight | February 9, 2022
Affidavit of Compliance In Illinois Discovery

Illinois divorce courts make decisions based on evidence. Evidence cannot be presented to an Illinois divorce judge if you don’t have a copy of that evidence. In an Illinois divorce, the evidence you do not already have is often held…

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Objecting To Discovery In An Illinois Divorce

By Russell Knight | February 2, 2022
Objecting To A Discovery Request

The steps of an Illinois divorce are simple: file a Petition For Dissolution of Marriage, file the necessary temporary motions, complete discovery, prepare and negotiate a final Judgment of Dissolution of Marriage, Marital Settlement Agreement and/or Allocation of Parenting Time…

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Objections At A Deposition During an Illinois Divorce

By Russell Knight | August 29, 2021
Defending a deposition during an Illinois divorce

While everyone knows, more or less, how a trial works, a deposition is a little baffling. An attorney can ask anyone they like to appear at a date and time certain to be questioned about matters which will be revealed…on…

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201(k) Communication And Discovery In An Illinois Divorce

By Russell Knight | August 15, 2021
201(k) letters in Illinois divorce

During an Illinois divorce, sooner or later, you will receive an email or a letter that says “pursuant to Illinois Supreme Court Rule 201(k)…” and then a bunch of demands will follow. What is this? A threat? Or just empty…

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