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Character Evidence In An Illinois Divorce Trial

By Russell Knight | November 13, 2021
Evidence of character in a divorce

In my 15 years of experience as a divorce attorney, I’ve found that most divorces are the result of a personality disorder or addiction problem on the part of one or both of the parties. Most other married couples seem…

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Notice To Appear In An Illinois Divorce

By Russell Knight | October 30, 2021
Making a witness appear in court

In a contested Illinois divorce, sooner or later, there will be an evidentiary hearing to allow the judge to weigh the evidence and resolve the issues that prevent the parties from coming to an agreement. What Is A Notice To…

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Habit In An Illinois Divorce Hearing Or Trial

By Russell Knight | October 24, 2021
The habit evidence rule in Illinois

A divorce trial doesn’t unwind a single incident the way a personal injury or criminal case does. Rather, a divorce takes the totality of a relationship and creates binding orders based on the cumulative past behaviors of both spouses. How…

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Nonresponsive Answers In An Illinois Divorce

By Russell Knight | October 24, 2021
Unresponsive answers from a witness in Illinois court

While questioning a witness in an Illinois divorce hearing or trial, the witness may provide an answer…that is not the answer to your question. Answering a question with an evasive or equivocal answer is either dumb, rude or manipulative. Answers…

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Can A Lawyer Talk To Their Client During An Illinois Divorce Hearing Or Trial?

By Russell Knight | October 23, 2021
Can a lawyer talk to a witness on a trial break?

In an Illinois divorce hearing or trial, you are counting on your lawyer to guide you through the process. Your lawyer can discuss anything with you under the full protection of attorney-client privilege throughout your Illinois divorce. But once testimony…

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Can A Judge Ask Questions In An Illinois Divorce Hearing Or Trial?

By Russell Knight | October 23, 2021
Judge Questions In A Divorce Trial

Divorce court is a scary place. Your entire life is under examination as you unwind your relationship with the person who was, formerly, your closest partner in that life. When you walk into a divorce court in Illinois, your divorce…

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Business Records In An Illinois Divorce Trial Or Hearing

By Russell Knight | August 7, 2021
Business records exception in Illinois

In an Illinois divorce trial, each party will describe the nature of their assets and debts, their incomes and their relationship with their children. The judge will then weigh each party’s credibility in order to equitably divide the parties assets…

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Opening Statements In An Illinois Divorce

By Russell Knight | January 31, 2021
Opening Statement

In an Illinois divorce hearing or trial, before evidence is put on there will be the opportunity for each side to deliver an opening statement. “The opening statement is intended generally to inform the [finder of fact] concerning the nature…

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