What Happens If My Husband Or Wife Dies During My Divorce?

By Russell Knight | October 23, 2018
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Death and divorce

Divorces can take years and there is always the possibility that a party in a divorce case may die during the divorce.  This means the divorce will not be finalized and then the marital estate remains unsettled and undistributed. What…

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Life Insurance and Divorce in Illinois

By Russell Knight | October 21, 2018
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Is life insurance required in a divorce?

Life insurance is an insurance against a person’s life in that it pays out money upon the death of the person.  People typically purchase life insurance to support their family if, God forbid, they are no longer able to support…

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Can I Change The Locks During My Chicago, Illinois Divorce?

By Russell Knight | October 7, 2018
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Evicting your spouse in Divorce In Chicago

In Illinois, there is not a specific “lock changing law” when it comes to divorce or any other domestic relations matter. But effectively, you are evicting your spouse from the marital home when you change the locks. If you and…

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Bigamy and Divorce in Chicago, Illinois

By Russell Knight | October 5, 2018
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bigamist in Chicago, Illinois

Black’s law dictionary defines bigamy as “the condition of having two wives or two husbands at the same time” In Illinois, bigamy is a crime whether you are the person that is married twice or you are one of the…

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Social Security and Divorce in Chicago, Illinois

By Russell Knight | October 3, 2018
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Social Security Disability Insurance and Divorce

Social Security and divorce have interesting effects on one another in Illinois. Social Security is the United States’ federal government’s system for making regular payments to people if they are disabled and/or elderly. People who are getting divorced and also…

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Can My Spouse Make Medical Decisions For Me If We’re Getting Divorced In Chicago, Illinois?

By Russell Knight | September 29, 2018
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power of attorney divorce in Chicago, Illinois

Yes.  In Illinois, if your spouse has 1) not yet divorced you, 2) you have no health care power of attorney, and 3) you are not conscious then your spouse can make medical decisions on your behalf. Understandably, this is…

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How Do I Know If My Prenuptial Agreement Will Be Enforced In Chicago, Illinois?

By Russell Knight | September 29, 2018
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Prenup Lawyer

When two people get divorced in Illinois, they follow the procedures of the Illinois Marriage And Dissolution of Marriage Act to determine what will happen to their assets and incomes upon entering the final judgment of dissolution of marriage. In…

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Being A Spanish Speaking Lawyer In Chicago

By Russell Knight | September 19, 2018
Abogado que habla espanol en Chicago

I’m 6’2” and all my ancestors are from Great Britain. Actually, I’m Canadian by birth.  Yet, here I am, one of the Spanish speaking lawyers in Chicago. When I speak Spanish with a good accent (rolling Rs) people are often…

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Bankruptcy and Divorce in Chicago, Illinois

By Russell Knight | September 12, 2018
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Divorce and Bankruptcy in Cook County

Whether you or your spouse have filed for bankruptcy and then divorce, or divorce and then bankruptcy, you’ll need to know how bankruptcy and divorce affect each other. It’s important to understand that there are two types of personal bankruptcies…

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Parenting Alone In Chicago # 1: Lincoln Park Zoo

By Russell Knight | September 11, 2018
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Lincoln Park Zoo visitation

This article will be the first in a series of articles I will write about advice on how to parent in Chicago alone.  Whether you’re divorced, separated or just have the kids alone for a weekend, constructive activities are an…

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