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Can my spouse see my text messages?

By Russell Knight | March 10, 2022

One of the newest technological advances of the 21st century is the ability to communicate quickly and effectively with one another via text. Text messaging is commonplace and often is preferred to talking directly on the phone. However, sending a…

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Seasonably Updating Discovery in An Illinois Divorce

By Russell Knight | April 27, 2020
Updated discovery Illinois divorce

Discovery in an Illinois divorce is the process by which parties exchange relevant information under their control to the other party in the divorce.  Usually, this discovery is the financial affidavit and the supporting documents plus anything asked for in…

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Foreign Marriage and Divorce in Illinois

By Russell Knight | April 22, 2020
Foreign Marriage And Divorce In Illinois

People get married all over the world and then come to Illinois to live.  Often, along the way, those same people try to get divorced.  So, if you’re married in a foreign country, can you get divorced in Illinois? How…

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Are Chicago Courts Still Open During The Coronavirus Pandemic?

By Russell Knight | March 31, 2020
coronavirus and cook county courts

The simple answer is yes, the Chicago courts are still open during the Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic. But, there is much more to it or we wouldn’t be writing this article. Chicago divorce courts fall under “Civil” courts category. As you would…

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Response To Petition For Dissolution Of Marriage In Illinois

By Russell Knight | March 14, 2020
Response to Petition For Dissolution of Marriage

So, you’ve been served with divorce papers in Illinois.  The first page of those papers should have the word “Summons” on top and then the following instructions, “YOU ARE SUMMONED and required to file your WRITTEN APPEARANCE AND RESPONSE…No Later…

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How To Challenge A Judge’s Decision In An Illinois Divorce?

By Russell Knight | June 2, 2019
challenging a judge's ruling

The whole point of going to court in a divorce is to get a ruling from the court.  If you and your spouse cannot agree on an issue in your divorce, either of you may ask the court to make…

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Parenting Alone In Chicago # 20: The Garfield Park Conservatory

By Russell Knight | May 15, 2019
Parenting Alone in Chicago

This is number 20 in my series of things to do with your kids during or after a divorce or separation. I always truly believe in putting the kids first during a divorce. Whether it’s recommending a therapist or just…

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Family Law and Immigration: Special Immigrant Juvenile Status Cases

By Russell Knight | April 30, 2019
Special Immigrant Juvenile Status and Family Law

I am often called on by my fellow lawyers who practice immigration law to enter an order in the family law or domestic relations courts of Cook County.  A family law lawyer can often be the only one to establish…

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What Is A Guardian Ad Litem Or Child Representative in Chicago, Illinois?

By Russell Knight | October 13, 2018
Child Representative in Chicago, Illinois

As you approach a Cook County Domestic Relations Courtroom you’ll notice a numbered list hung beside the courtroom door. That list will contain your case number, your name, your spouse’s name, and the names of a hundred other people whose…

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How Long Does a Divorce Take In Chicago, Cook County, Illinois?

By Russell Knight | August 16, 2018
Length of Divorce in Chicago

A divorce in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois can take as little as two weeks and as long as three years.  It all depends. Let’s work through what can make the divorce process take so much time. A Divorce With A…

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