The Final Hearing or Prove Up in An Illinois Divorce

By Russell Knight | May 25, 2020
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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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Court Ordered Parenting Class In Illinois

By Russell Knight | May 25, 2020
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Parenting Class In Illinois Divorce

Divorce and/or a custody battle is stressful enough.  Illinois family law and family courts think you should be assigned some homework in the middle of it all…parenting classes. In Illinois, you can’t finalize your divorce or your custody litigation until…

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If I Was Married In Another State Can I Get Divorced In Illinois?

By Russell Knight | May 21, 2020
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Divorce in Illinois after marriage in another state

Yes. You can get divorced in Illinois if you had a valid marriage in another state and either you or your spouse meet the residency requirements for an Illinois divorce to be filed and completed. Marriage In A State Other…

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Is It Better To Be Legally Separated Or Divorced In Illinois?

By Russell Knight | May 20, 2020
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Should you separate or divorce in Illinois?

When you are considering leaving your spouse in Illinois, you have options.  You can get a divorce or you can get a legal separation from your spouse in Illinois.  Is it better to be legally separated or divorced in Illinois?…

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What Are The Different Types Of Child Custody In Illinois?

By Russell Knight | May 9, 2020
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Our culture is full of references to different types of child custody; sole custody, joint custody. legal custody, physical custody among others.  In Illinois is child custody really something that you can fit into a box and label so cleanly?…

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How Far Away Can A Parent Move And Still Have 50/50 Joint Custody in Illinois

By Russell Knight | May 7, 2020
Moving With Kids in Illinois

Once you have 50/50 joint physical custody of your kids after an Illinois divorce and paternity action, you’re not likely to ever change your schedule.  Still, life will come at you with changes like new work schedules, new spouses and…

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How Do I Keep Sensitive Information Private In An Illinois Divorce?

By Russell Knight | May 5, 2020
Private Information In An Illinois Divorce

A divorce is not something most people are proud of much less something they want to advertise.  People want to keep their private life…private.  Yet, a divorce is a public record. Also, the two parties to a divorce must disclose…

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How To Get 50/50 Joint Custody in An Illinois Divorce or Parentage Action

By Russell Knight | May 5, 2020
Illinois joint custody

In an Illinois divorce, you can lose a lot.  You can lose your assets and you can lose time with your kids.  In the end, you can make more money but you can’t get back time with your kids. For…

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Right of First Refusal In An Illinois Divorce

By Russell Knight | May 4, 2020
Inform parent of absence

The right to have custody of your children, to visit your children or spend time with your children is a parent’s right and no one else’s. This concept is the cornerstone for allocating parenting time in Illinois. Ideally, if you’re…

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Annulment in Illinois

By Russell Knight | May 3, 2020
Annuling a marriage in Illinois

Sometimes you want to be apart from someone you’re married to, you don’t even want to have EVER been married to them. The common law term for declaring that you’ve never really been married is “annulment.” In Illinois, the statute…

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