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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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Narrative Answers In An Illinois Divorce Hearing or Trial

By Russell Knight | November 13, 2021
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Witness gives narrative answer

You are at an impasse with your ex. You both cannot agree on an issue so you have to let the judge decide. Finally, it is your day in court! Your ex is asked a simple question and then tells…

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Character Evidence In An Illinois Divorce Trial

By Russell Knight | November 13, 2021
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Evidence of character in a divorce

In my 15 years of experience as a divorce attorney, I’ve found that most divorces are the result of a personality disorder or addiction problem on the part of one or both of the parties. Most other married couples seem…

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Notice To Appear In An Illinois Divorce

By Russell Knight | October 30, 2021
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Making a witness appear in court

In a contested Illinois divorce, sooner or later, there will be an evidentiary hearing to allow the judge to weigh the evidence and resolve the issues that prevent the parties from coming to an agreement. What Is A Notice To…

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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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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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Can A Judge Ask Questions In An Illinois Divorce Hearing Or Trial?

By Russell Knight | October 23, 2021
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Judge Questions In A Divorce Trial

Divorce court is a scary place. Your entire life is under examination as you unwind your relationship with the person who was, formerly, your closest partner in that life. When you walk into a divorce court in Illinois, your divorce…

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Witnesses With A Lack Of Personal Knowledge In An Illinois Divorce Hearing Or Trial

By Russell Knight | October 22, 2021
Lack of Personal Knowledge In An Illinois Divorce

A divorce trial is a series of witnesses testifying in order to introduce evidence for the finder of fact, a judge, to weigh and make final orders. What will these witnesses be testifying to in an Illinois divorce trial? Witnesses…

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