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Virtual Or Electronic Parenting Time In Illinois

Being apart from one’s children is the worst part of a divorce. Thankfully, modern technology allows for regular phone calls, FaceTime and Zoom between parents and children during the other parent’s parenting time. When is this electronic or virtual parenting time allowed after an Illinois divorce? Virtual/Electronic Communication Between...

Divorce In Illinois Without A Spouse’s Signature In Illinois

“Send me the divorce papers,” your spouse may yell at you in a moment of frustration. But, then what? No one just automatically signs divorce papers. More often than not, a spouse will refuse to sign divorce papers just to spite their other spouse. How do you get a divorce in Illinois when a spouse will not provide their signature? What...

Can A Spouse Throw Out My Belongings In Illinois?

We’ve all seen the trope in movies on TV where an angry wife throws her husband’s things out the bedroom window onto the front lawn. Some movies take it even further and a spouse will burn the other spouse’s things in an effort to “get her groove back.” In real life, however, this doesn’t happen very often. Things go missing over the course...

Voluntary Dismissal Of A Petition For Dissolution Of Marriage in Illinois

If you start a divorce in Illinois, you can stop it 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 to each party who has appeared or each such party’s attorney, and upon payment of costs, dismiss his or her action or...

How Can I Keep My Ex From Claiming My Child On Their Taxes?

There are significant benefits to declaring a child on your tax return.  However, you can’t get those benefits if someone else has claimed your child on their tax return.   “There shall be allowed as a credit against the tax imposed by this chapter for the taxable year with respect to each qualifying child of the taxpayer…an amount equal to $1,000”...

Can My Ex Take My Child’s Phone After An Illinois Divorce?

Cell phones are ubiquitous nowadays…even for children.   For the children of divorced parents, cell phones can let each parent have constant communication with the child. Children can use their phones in case of emergency to contact either parent. But, a phone in the hands of a child can be a distracting arcade or a venue for communicating...

Responding To A Motion During An Illinois Divorce

In the course of an Illinois divorce, one side will file something and the court will order “21 days to respond to the filing.” Thus, every bit of work that one side in an Illinois divorce does creates work for the opposing side and raises the fees and stress in a never-ending battle of attrition litigation. It doesn’t necessarily have to be...

Degrees And Licenses In An Illinois Divorce

Having a professional degree and license is often very lucrative (take it from me). A degree makes a degree eligible for certain professional positions and a license makes a license holder an exclusive provider of some regulated service. These restrictions in supply almost always create a higher price for the services of a degree or license holder....

Do You Need To Consummate Your Marriage In Illinois?

When people say “I wish I was never married to my ex” they really mean it. People will start thinking of ways they can possibly have their marriage annulled and, thus, never have been married to their ex. The most common theory proposed is that “we never really consummated our marriage (had sex).” After all, how you could prove otherwise? It...

A Professional Review Of Russell Knight

From my 8 year old son, Dylan Knight. Writing concisely runs in the family.

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