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Children’s Passports After An Illinois Divorce

By Russell Knight | July 19, 2020
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Illinois divorce and passports

Illinois divorce and family courts have a lot of power…in Illinois.  Once a parent or child is outside of Illinois, it becomes much more difficult for an Illinois domestic relations court to enforce their orders. If the children leave the…

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Parental Alienation In Illinois

By Russell Knight | July 9, 2020
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Illinois parental alienation

When two parents decide to no longer continue their relationship with each other they still must maintain a relationship with the children. When one parent’s relationship with his or her child is harmed by the other parent the term “parental…

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Stepparents and Divorce In Illinois

By Russell Knight | July 7, 2020
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Step-parents In An Illinois Divorce

Divorce isn’t just the ending of a marriage, divorces can also be a new beginning.  New relationships will blossom and then strengthen. If a divorced person has children, this means that there will be a stepparent situation that everyone will have…

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Nesting And Divorce In Illinois

By Russell Knight | July 2, 2020
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Divorce And Nesting In Illiinois

“Nesting” is the idea that, after a separation or a divorce, instead of the kids going between Mom and Dad’s house, the Mom and Dad alternately go to the house where the kids stay all of the time. Is nesting…

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Can You Kidnap Your Own Child In Illinois?

By Russell Knight | May 19, 2020
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kidnapping your own child in Illinois

A custody dispute can be scary.  One parent is literally trying to keep the child away from the other parent.  There is a whole system for deciding which parent will have the child at what time but what happens when…

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Supervised Visitation In Illinois

By Russell Knight | May 17, 2020
Supervised parenting time in Illinois

The right to see your children is fundamental to the entire Illinois family law system. That being said, some parents just don’t feel their children are safe when the children are with the other parent. How can we balance the…

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What Are The Different Types Of Child Custody In Illinois?

By Russell Knight | May 9, 2020
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Our culture is full of references to different types of child custody; sole custody, joint custody. legal custody, physical custody among others.  In Illinois is child custody really something that you can fit into a box and label so cleanly?…

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How To Get 50/50 Joint Custody in An Illinois Divorce or Parentage Action

By Russell Knight | May 5, 2020
Illinois joint custody

In an Illinois divorce, you can lose a lot.  You can lose your assets and you can lose time with your kids.  In the end, you can make more money but you can’t get back time with your kids. For…

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Right of First Refusal In An Illinois Divorce

By Russell Knight | May 4, 2020
Inform parent of absence

The right to have custody of your children, to visit your children or spend time with your children is a parent’s right and no one else’s. This concept is the cornerstone for allocating parenting time in Illinois. Ideally, if you’re…

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What Is A Parenting Coordinator In A Chicago Divorce?

By Russell Knight | February 17, 2019
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parenting coordinator chicago divorce

A divorcing couple is inherently in a state of disagreement.  When the parties have children, the disputes between the couple can bleed into the temporary parenting arrangement.  Sometimes the dispute is so severe that the parents cannot even communicate in…

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