What Is A Judgment For Dissolution Of Marriage In An Illinois Divorce?

By Russell Knight | July 4, 2020
Final Divorce Decree In Illinois

A Judgment For Dissolution Of Marriage is the final written document at the end of the divorce process. A married couple in Illinois remains married until the final Judgment For Dissolution Of Marriage is entered by an Illinois court with…

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What Is An Appearance In An Illinois Divorce?

By Russell Knight | July 2, 2020
divorce appearance in Illinois

An appearance is “[t]he formal proceeding by which a defendant submits himself to the jurisdiction of the court.” Black’s Law Dictionary (11th Edition).  So, what is an appearance in an Illinois divorce case and how can that appearance affect an Illinois…

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Counter-Petition For Dissolution Of Marriage In Illinois

By Russell Knight | June 30, 2020
Counter-petition for divorce in Illinois

Divorce is sometimes a surprise.  Your spouse can serve you with divorce papers and you must then follow your spouse through the divorce process. It can feel like your soon-to-be-ex is in charge of the divorce because they were the…

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Petition For Dissolution Of Marriage In Illinois

By Russell Knight | June 28, 2020
Divorce Petition In Illinois

Divorce is daunting. The first step to the formal, legal process of divorce in Illinois is filing the Petition For Dissolution of Marriage. This document has numerous legal requirements and is your first impression to the court that will decide…

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How To Delay A Divorce In Illinois

By Russell Knight | June 18, 2020
Divorce delay in Illinois

A lot of strategy in a divorce is about timing.  For most people, they want to get divorced as quickly as possible.  The sooner a divorce is over, the sooner your obligations to the marriage end. But, there are some…

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I Was Served With Divorce Papers In Illinois. Now What?

By Russell Knight | June 6, 2020
Service in an Illinois divorce

Divorce is hard.  It would be nice if everyone could proceed with a divorce on a schedule that accommodates their own personal physical, emotional and mental needs.  Unfortunately, that’s not how divorce works in Illinois.  Once a person has filed…

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Pretrial In An Illinois Divorce

By Russell Knight | May 31, 2020
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Divorce pre-trials in Illinois

After months of status dates in court, exchanging documents and wondering when something will actually happen in your divorce, the divorce judge’s voice will boom, “Pretrial is scheduled for next month.  Have your memos delivered to my clerk 7 days…

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The Final Hearing or Prove Up in An Illinois Divorce

By Russell Knight | May 25, 2020
Prove up Illinois divorce

When you go to divorce court in Illinois to finalize your divorce at the “prove up” hearing, you’ll find yourself in a big wood paneled courtroom where everyone is wearing suits and a robed judge sits above everyone behind a…

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I Bought Something With My Spouse Using Non-marital Property. What Will Happen In My Chicago divorce?

By Russell Knight | November 19, 2017
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In a Chicago, Illinois divorce, all property held by either of the two parties (or both) is either marital property or non-marital property. Marital property is divisible in the divorce proceedings while non-marital property stays with the person in possession…

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I signed a Mahr and I’m getting divorced in Chicago, Illinois. Can I enforce the Mahr in court?

By Russell Knight | July 20, 2017

In Islam, a mahr (also transliterated mehir, mehr, meher, mehrieh or mahriyeh) is a mandatory payment, in the form of money or possessions paid or promised to pay by the groom, or by groom’s father, to the bride at the time of marriage, that legally becomes her property.…

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