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How To Prepare For A Divorce Trial In Illinois

By Russell Knight | June 12, 2022
Preparing for an Illinois divorce trial

Most divorce cases in Illinois do not go to trial. Most divorce cases are simply an exchange of minimal discovery and then negotiations based on a mutual feeling for what is fair or a mistaken understanding that the law requires…

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Exhibits In An Illinois Divorce Trial

By Russell Knight | June 3, 2022
Admitting Exhibits In An Illinois Divorce Trial

They say that a picture is worth a thousand words. At your Illinois divorce trial, give the judge a picture instead of having your witness drone on. A document. A report. A picture. Exhibits are all so much more effective…

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Cross-Examination In An Illinois Divorce Trial

By Russell Knight | May 29, 2022
Cross-examinations in Illinois divorce courts

I just spent three days in Houston, Texas at the National Family Law Trial Institute’s Advanced Cross Examination training. The best family law trial attorneys in the nation coached me and other lawyers from across America on how to best…

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Post-Trial Motions In An Illinois Divorce

By Russell Knight | April 30, 2022
Post-trial motions in an Illinois divorce

After an adverse ruling in an Illinois divorce trial, the parties to the divorce need not tuck their tail between their legs and say “Well, I guess that’s it.” In an Illinois divorce, it ain’t over until it’s over…and that’s,…

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What Is An Evidentiary Hearing In An Illinois Divorce?

By Russell Knight | February 3, 2022
When are evidentiary hearings required in Illinois?

Sooner or later, during your Illinois divorce, you will attend a friendly status call where a party will ask that their motion be set for hearing. The judge will pause and then ask, “Will this be an evidentiary hearing?” The…

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Voluntary Dismissal Of A Petition For Dissolution Of Marriage in Illinois

By Russell Knight | January 6, 2022
Non-suit a divorce in Illinois

If you start a divorce in Illinois, you can stop the divorce anytime by simply filing a motion to voluntarily dismiss your petition for dissolution of marriage. “The plaintiff may, at any time before trial or hearing begins, upon notice…

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Public Records In An Illinois Divorce Trial Or Hearing

By Russell Knight | November 21, 2021
Government documents in an Illinois divorce

You cannot just show up in an Illinois divorce court with a bunch of documents for a judge to review. Documents are an “out of court statement to prove the truth of the matter asserted.” Therefore, documents are hearsay and…

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Keeping Non-Party Witnesses Out Of Court During An Illinois Divorce Trial

By Russell Knight | November 20, 2021
Excluding Witnesses

An Illinois divorce judge is the finder of fact during an Illinois divorce trial. The Illinois divorce judge determines what are true facts based on the testimony of the witnesses presented. A judge can use many different factors to determine…

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Questions Beyond The Scope Of Direct Examination In Illinois Divorce

By Russell Knight | November 19, 2021
Cross-Examination Illinois Divorce

In an Illinois divorce trial each party has the right to call their own witnesses in order to take testimony and/or present evidence. The initial questioning of a witness is called direct examination. After a witness is called to testify…

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Narrative Answers In An Illinois Divorce Hearing or Trial

By Russell Knight | November 13, 2021
Witness gives narrative answer

You are at an impasse with your ex. You both cannot agree on an issue so you have to let the judge decide. Finally, it is your day in court! Your ex is asked a simple question and then tells…

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