How Do You Get Legally Separated in Chicago, Illinois?

By Russell Knight | July 15, 2019
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Legal Separation in Chicago

Legal separation is a good scenario for conflict: not quite married, not quite divorced.  Not surprisingly, people are always getting legally separated on television because it adds conflict to a storyline. This leads the American public to believe that legal…

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Common Law Marriage in Illinois

By Russell Knight | March 24, 2019
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In the old days, folks would just get married in a church, jump a broom, or just start living together. Before 1905, people in Illinois did not have run down to the county clerk to register their marriage. Our forefathers…

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How To Value A House In a Divorce

By Russell Knight | March 15, 2019
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House Value In Divorce

For most divorcing couples the marital home is the most valuable asset they have.  If that house was purchased while the couple was married, the house is a marital asset and therefore divisible in a divorce. Even if the house…

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Adultery And Divorce in Illinois

By Russell Knight | March 8, 2019
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Adultery and Divorce in Illinois

When a marriage breaks apart, it’s a horrible and painful process.  When adultery is the cause of the break up, the adultery makes the break up even harder.  Beyond the mere hurt of being rejected for someone else, the betrayal…

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Can You Go To Jail For Not Paying Child Support in Chicago, Illinois?

By Russell Knight | March 4, 2019
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child support jail

You can definitely be put in jail for not paying child support in Chicago, Illinois…but it takes a while. Petition for Rule To Show Cause An order for child support is a court order like any other order from the…

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Uncontested Divorce In Chicago, Illinois

By Russell Knight | February 6, 2019
Uncontested divorce chicago

Uncontested divorce in Chicago, Illinois is common and simple.  If you want a divorce and your spouse wants a divorce as well then you do not need to go through the entire divorce process.  The formal service, the mediation, the…

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How Are The Holidays Handled During And After A Chicago, Illinois Divorce?

By Russell Knight | December 25, 2018
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Christmas and Divorce

The holidays are a hectic time.  Divorce with a child only makes the holidays more hectic.  How do the holidays work during and after a Chicago, Illinois divorce?  The Parenting Plan When two parents are no longer living together, they…

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Divorce In Chicago

By Russell Knight | November 3, 2018
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Chicago Divorce

Looking into divorce in Chicago means learning about the rules that govern divorce in Chicago, Illinois. Divorce in Chicago is governed by a series of rules: The Illinois Complied Statutes, the Illinois Supreme Court Rules, The Cook County Court Rules,…

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Can I Afford To Get Divorced?

By Russell Knight | October 28, 2018
What will happen financially after the divorce

Affordable divorce in Chicago, Illinois.  Is it possible? What does a divorce cost in Chicago, Illinois? You’ve spent years planning your life together.  All of your plans involved you both remaining together as a couple.  You got a house big…

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Parenting Alone In Chicago # 4: Pickle’s Playroom

By Russell Knight | October 27, 2018

This is number four in my series of things to do with children while you’re parenting alone.  Whether you are divorced, separated or just alone for the day with the kids, I hope these posts can be a guide of…

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