What Is A Summons In An Illinois Divorce?

By Russell Knight | August 8, 2020
Illinois Summons for Divorce

There are a variety of initial divorce documents which you must prepare to initiate an Illinois divorce.  A Petition For Dissolution Of Marriage outlines all of the broad details of your divorce; you were married, had some children, own some…

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When Should I File For Divorce In Illinois?

By Russell Knight | August 7, 2020
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Timing and Divorce In Illinois

Thinking about divorce is common.  Every married person has thought about divorce. Most married people have researched divorce (and stumbled on sites like this). But when it comes to filing for divorce, people are hesitant.  Even if a person is…

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How To Reopen A Divorce Case In Illinois

By Russell Knight | July 29, 2020
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Reopen a divorce in Illinois

A marriage is when society recognizes the emotional bond a couple has and imbues mutual obligations on the couple so that they might better function as a unit.  Divorce is the dissolution of those mutual obligations…but there’s usually still leftover…

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How To Prepare For A Divorce In Illinois

By Russell Knight | July 26, 2020
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Preparing For Illinois Divorce

One of the worst parts about divorce is the anxiety of the unknown. What will happen to my kids in my divorce? What will happen to my money after a divorce? What can I do now to protect myself when…

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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
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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
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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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