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1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Child Custody for Illinois on
Q: Can we win custody of non relation child we raise over 4 years? mother out of prison and want her back.

Father has custody but we "babysitter" 24/7 for over 4 years now she was 3 and now 7. dont see father much or mother til out of prison and now she has sunday visitation right and now wants full custody. we want full custody of the child can that happen? what should we do? child consider... Read more »

James G. Ahlberg
James G. Ahlberg
answered on Apr 9, 2018

You really need to meet with a competent family law attorney as quickly as possible. There are too many "ifs, ands, buts and on the other hands" to give you a good answer without having the chance to ask probing questions to get at the details of what you've written.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Animal / Dog Law, Child Custody and Family Law for Illinois on
Q: Would I be able to get my dog back legally without going to court?

My mom gave my dog away to a coworker. I was the one who adopted him and I was the one who paid for vet visits and his microchipping. He's registered in my name. I never granted the release of my dog to this coworker. After a couple of days the coworker let my mom know that she wanted to give... Read more »

Mrs. Lucinda D. Bugden
Mrs. Lucinda D. Bugden
answered on Apr 3, 2018

You have to make a demand for your dog in writing. Write a letter, date it & keep a copy of it. I recommend to use a nice tone in the letter, asking to have the dog returned to you by a date certain. Then if they do not return the dog to you, you can file a small claims lawsuit. You will want... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Illinois on
Q: Do you have to have a certain income level to adopt a child?
James G. Ahlberg
James G. Ahlberg
answered on Mar 9, 2018

The adoption law of the Illinois doesn't require a minimum level of income. Nevertheless, if it appears to the court or the guardian ad litem appointed by the court to investigate the case that the prospective adopting parent(s) will not be able to support the child, the question will almost... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Illinois on
Q: What would it take to have a general consent of adoption reversed? The adoption has not gone thru, he is in foster care.

I signed a general adoption for my son while I was in prison under the impression that he was going to a family member. Children and family services removed him from her home a few days after i was released for reasons that were unfounded and they have not placed him back. They have him with a... Read more »

Cheryl Powell
Cheryl Powell
answered on Mar 5, 2018

A consent must be signed in the presence of a caseworker or a judge. If that did not happen, the consent is invalid.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Illinois on
Q: How long does the adoption process take?
James G. Ahlberg
James G. Ahlberg
answered on Feb 17, 2018

That depends on many factors, such as whether a party fights the adoption, whether you are filing it in a county with a busy court schedule or not, how quickly reports are prepared (if necessary), the schedule of the attorney who filed the adoption, how promptly the attorney gets the paperwork done... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody, Child Support and Domestic Violence for Illinois on
Q: can i put my childs father on child support if someone else is on the birth certificate? without letting him see my son?

Hi i was 18 when i got pregnant and i was dating someone who is not a model citizen. he has a lengthy police record has been to prison multiple times and is involved in a "gang" and is involved in drug related activities we broke up when i was 3 weeks pregnant. when i started dating my... Read more »

Cheryl Powell
Cheryl Powell
answered on Feb 15, 2018

No

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Illinois on
Q: Can I hire a lawyer to prepare legal documents for my adoption case?
James G. Ahlberg
James G. Ahlberg
answered on Feb 14, 2018

You not only can, but you absolutely should hire an attorney to handle this. There are a thousand ways to foul up an adoption, but there is only one way to do it right. Hire a lawyer who regularly handles adoptions and let him or her take care of it from start to finish.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Illinois on
Q: If a my baby daddy is in jail waiting for sentencing, can I put the baby up for adoption with out him finding out?

Would he be able to go after the family that adopts the baby? Is there anyway to terminate his rights

James G. Ahlberg
James G. Ahlberg
answered on Feb 3, 2018

No.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption and Child Custody for Illinois on
Q: I have a gf who’s 27(f) and her mom won’t let her decide to do things on her own at al. Can I sue her mother for her?

I want my gf to have a future with me we’ve talked about marriage. The fact that she lives in a hotel for 3 years with her mom in the same room and bed is weird. Can I get a restraining order or something for her 27 yearr old daughter against her mom. Her mother only wants her to visit me for... Read more »

James G. Ahlberg
James G. Ahlberg
answered on Jan 23, 2018

No, you can't sue on her behalf. On the other hand, your girlfriend became an adult on her 18th birthday and can move out if she wants to. IMPORTANT: This does not apply if your girlfriend is a developmentally disabled adult and a court has appointed her mother as the guardian of her person.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody and Family Law for Illinois on
Q: Can my husband who is currently incarcerated still have rights to see and speak with his child?

If the mother gives up her rights as a parent, to her own mother and step father who will legally adopt the child. Can my husband still get visitation?

James G. Ahlberg
James G. Ahlberg
answered on Jan 23, 2018

If your child is adopted by your mother and step-father, the parental rights of the biological mother and father are typically terminated. The incarcerated father must be made a respondent to the adoption and has a right to object to it.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption and Child Custody for Illinois on
Q: I adopted a 7 yr old. I don't want her sister coming around and visit? She isn't the best person. Is that legal?

She keeps trying to tell me I have to let her see her. Her parents are both gone. The sister is a drunk. I just don't want her around my daughter.

James G. Ahlberg
James G. Ahlberg
answered on Jan 11, 2018

You don't have to let the sister visit. Once you completed the adoption, your daughter truly became your daughter, as fully as if you gave birth to her. Unless the order of adoption in your case is very odd, the family ties to her actual birth family are severed. She's your daughter now.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Illinois on
Q: How much does adoption cost?
James G. Ahlberg
James G. Ahlberg
answered on Jan 3, 2018

That depends on where you are, which attorney you hire, whether anyone will fight the adoption, and so on. No one can give you a solid answer to this question without enough details.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody and Family Law for Illinois on
Q: My sister lost custody of her children in Atlanta, how do I get custody of them in Another state(Chicago)?

My sisters case is located in Georgia and I dont want my nephews in the system and would love to bring them home to Chicago with the rest of the family. She moved to GA away from everyone and this resulted in her losing custody and they are now in foster care. We really want them home with us and... Read more »

James G. Ahlberg
James G. Ahlberg
answered on Dec 28, 2017

You need to contact an attorney in Georgia, since that seems to be where the case needs to be filed.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Child Custody for Illinois on
Q: Do you have to become a foster parent before you can adopt an unrelated child in Illinois?

When the mother willingly has picked you to be the adoptive parent's.

James G. Ahlberg
James G. Ahlberg
answered on Dec 12, 2017

No, you don't.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Illinois on
Q: Can a biological parent seek visitation with a child after they are adopted by another family?
Ray Choudhry
Ray Choudhry
answered on Dec 2, 2017

Terminating parental rights is done before the adoption is approved.

So, no.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody and Child Support for Illinois on
Q: What chance does he have to get visitation rights? And can I legally remove his parental rights?

My daughter is 5 years old and has only seen her biological father a handful of times. The last time he saw her was 2 months after her first birthday when he refused to get a temporary job to pay child support, after which I didn't hear from him for almost a year when he texts me that he... Read more »

Cheryl Powell
Cheryl Powell
answered on Nov 6, 2017

Go file an adoption. He will need to be served. He can file whatever he wants.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Illinois on
Q: What is the cost of adopting your step child in Illinois with the other parents permission?

Is it necessary to have an adoption attorney in this process if everyone is peaceful about the situation?

Ray Choudhry
Ray Choudhry
answered on Nov 2, 2017

Different lawyers charge different ways.

Call some adoption attorneys in your county.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Illinois on
Q: My Sons from a previous marriage are 20 and 21. My spouse of 4 years wants to adopt them can this be done?

Of course he is their step father but we are wanting the boys to have their step fathers ( and my) last name. A big reason being, their biological father was a monster when they were kids , he sits in prison now and the boys want nothing to do with him and definitely do not want to pass their... Read more »

Ray Choudhry
Ray Choudhry
answered on Oct 1, 2017

Adult adoptions are allowed.

They can also get their names legally changed. That is a much easier process.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Illinois on
Q: Can my children be adopted without my knowledge
Ray Choudhry
Ray Choudhry
answered on Sep 26, 2017

Not unless your rights were previously cut off.

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