Police Reports In An Illinois Divorce

By Russell Knight | October 19, 2021
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Police reports and evidence in Illinois

Divorce is a state of conflict and, often, police are called to resolve that conflict. When the police finish their work, they often prepare a report of what happened. That report will include the police officer’s observations and opinions. In…

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How To Qualify An Expert Witness During An Illinois Divorce Hearing Or Trial

By Russell Knight | September 11, 2021
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Expert Witness In An Illinois Divorce

During a divorce there may be a need for an expert to testify as to the value of a marital asset or the psychological make-up of a parent and child. The expert is not allowed to just walk into court…

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Objections At A Deposition During an Illinois Divorce

By Russell Knight | August 29, 2021
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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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Hostile Witnesses In An Illinois Divorce Hearing Or Trial

By Russell Knight | August 21, 2021
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What is a hostile witness in an Illinois divorce?

If your divorce requires an evidentiary hearing or trial you may need testimony from someone who is not on your side. You may need a witness who is your spouse, your spouse’s relatives, your spouse’s boyfriend/girlfriend or just some jerk…

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Photographs and Videos In An Illinois Divorce Hearing Or Trial

By Russell Knight | August 8, 2021
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Photos and videos in Illinois court

Photographs can prove the existence of marital assets and income. Videos can be evidence of a child’s relationship with a parent or parent’s family member. Photographs and videos can illustrate things that even the best written pleading or motion can…

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Business Records In An Illinois Divorce Trial Or Hearing

By Russell Knight | August 7, 2021
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Business records exception in Illinois

In an Illinois divorce trial, each party will describe the nature of their assets and debts, their incomes and their relationship with their children. The judge will then weigh each party’s credibility in order to equitably divide the parties assets…

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Demonstrative Evidence In An Illinois Divorce Hearing or Trial

By Russell Knight | July 26, 2021
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demonstrative exhibits in Illinois divorce

Demonstrative evidence, like a chart, a map or a drawing are effective ways to clarify an issue to a finder of fact. While common in accident cases where the laws of physics need to be explained to a jury, demonstrative…

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Hearsay In An Illinois Hearing or Trial

By Russell Knight | July 25, 2021
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Hearsay evidence in an Illinois trial.

An old joke best illustrates the concept of hearsay in a trial. Witness: “Then Bobby told me that he was the one that did it.” Lawyer: “Ah. So, hearsay? Witness: “Yup. I heard ‘em say it” “”Hearsay” is a statement,…

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Relevant and Irrelevant Questions In An Illinois Divorce Trial Or Hearing

By Russell Knight | July 23, 2021
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Irrelevant questions in an Illinois divorce

If you can’t agree on the final terms of a divorce, an Illinois divorce judge will make final determinations and issue a judgment of dissolution of marriage, a marital settlement order and/or a parental responsibilities and parenting time order. In…

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Repetitive Questions In An Illinois Divorce

By Russell Knight | July 10, 2021
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Cumulative questions in Illinois

If an Illinois divorce court has determined that your question is relevant and not subject to the bar against hearsay, the witness must answer your question. But once the witness has answered a question you are not allowed to continue…

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