How Can I Keep My Ex From Claiming My Child On Their Taxes?

By Russell Knight | January 5, 2022
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What if your ex claims your child on your taxes?

There are significant benefits to declaring a child on your tax return.  However, you can’t get those benefits if someone else has claimed your child on their tax return.   “There shall be allowed as a credit against the tax…

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Do You Need To Consummate Your Marriage In Illinois?

By Russell Knight | December 31, 2021
Failure To Consummate Marriage In Illinois

When people say “I wish I was never married to my ex” they really mean it. People will start thinking of ways they can possibly have their marriage annulled and, thus, never have been married to their ex. The most…

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Mental Illness And Divorce in Illinois

By Russell Knight | May 2, 2020
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Mental Health And Divorce?

The family law and divorce system in Illinois was written and promulgated imagining reasonable, rational parties unwinding their lives in a logical manner. We all get emotional during a break up and the family law system is set up to…

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In Illinois, Divorce Without Knowing Where A Spouse Is Located

By Russell Knight | April 28, 2020
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Divorce By Publication In Illinois

Marriages end for all sorts of reasons. Some people drift apart…and some people really drift apart.  So far apart that they don’t even keep in any kind of contact anymore.  This ongoing separation can last for years and it becomes…

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Seasonably Updating Discovery in An Illinois Divorce

By Russell Knight | April 27, 2020
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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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Do I Have To Fill Out A Financial Affidavit In An Illinois Divorce?

By Russell Knight | April 23, 2020
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Financial Affidavit in Illinois Divorce

After you’ve retained a divorce attorney for your Illinois divorce, one of the first things you’ll be asked to do is to fill out the Financial Affidavit for Divorce & Family Cases.  This is a standardized, approved by the Illinois…

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Foreign Marriage and Divorce in Illinois

By Russell Knight | April 22, 2020
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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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Default Divorce In Illinois

By Russell Knight | April 20, 2020
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Default Divorce in Illinois

The Illinois divorce process is very regimented.  There are a series of steps that the petitioner and the respondent must follow.  If either party doesn’t follow those steps, then the judge calls a “foul” and if it gets too bad,…

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Illinois Divorce Hearings During The COVID-19 pandemic

By Russell Knight | April 19, 2020
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Zoom hearings in Chicago divorce cases

As of the date of this article’s publication, April 19, 2020, courts in Cook County, Illinois are currently operating on a very limited basis. Also, as of this date, Cook County Courts are scheduled to reopen on May 18, 2020.…

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Guns, Firearms and Divorce in Illinois

By Russell Knight | April 17, 2020
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Divorce and Guns in Illinois

In America you have the right to own a gun…under certain conditions based on local, state and federal law.  Once you get divorce, or start to get divorced, the conditions of your gun ownership have an additional layer…the clauses of…

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