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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Illinois on
Q: Are temporary orders dismissed in a custody case if the case is dropped by petitioner?

Non married parents in custody case in Illinois had a temporary order for parenting time and temporary order for child support payment. The petitioner has dismissed the case completely. I know the temporary order for support was dropped by judge. Is the parenting time temp order dismissed when case... Read more »

Mrs. Lucinda D. Bugden
Mrs. Lucinda D. Bugden answered on Jun 14, 2018

Any Orders signed by a judge remain valid unless the case is "dismissed" or "vacated" by a subsequent order. But if an order was entered and the people in the case, "the parties," just stopped coming to court, the case is still alive and therefore any orders entered in that case remain valid.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support and Family Law for Illinois on
Q: I live in IL & Childs father refuses to take her or pay Child support or help pay for daycare. Can court make him?

He will not take her on weekends or agree to any weekly visitation because he wants to control me & what i do. I have tried to work with him but he will only take her when I am off work & makes me take her to him & doesn't pay for gas her supplies, food or anything. I cannot afford daycare & be... Read more »

Mrs. Lucinda D. Bugden
Mrs. Lucinda D. Bugden answered on May 7, 2018

You can either file your own petition for child support in the County where you live or you can sign up for the State of Illinois services online. The courthouse may have a "self help" center or you can go online to Illinois Legal Aid Online & use their forms. The Illinois Supreme Court website has... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Child Custody and Family Law for Illinois on
Q: post Divorce issues involving GAL. Can a GAL make me pay for my deseased exwife bill. I now have full custody of kids?
Mrs. Lucinda D. Bugden
Mrs. Lucinda D. Bugden answered on Apr 23, 2018

A Guardian ad Litem is appointed by a judge to represent the child or children in court, usually in family court or divorce court if the parents were married. Guardian ad Litem fees are not dischargeable in any bankruptcy case so yes, you are going to have to pay the fees. It doesn't matter who has... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Child Support and Family Law for Illinois on
Q: Child Support for emancipated kids

Am I eligible to get some type of child support I have 3 kids ages 19,21 and 22. All three were emancipated after they graduated high school. But 2 are going to college and the oldest is working a part time job. All 3 are living with me. My ex husband refuses to help with any expenses at this time.... Read more »

Mrs. Lucinda D. Bugden
Mrs. Lucinda D. Bugden answered on Apr 11, 2018

In Illinois the obligation to pay child support ends when the child turns 18 years old or graduates high school. If the child is 19 years and has not finished high school, the judge's usually extend child support until they graduate. This usually has to be specifically ordered by the judge. But if... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Juvenile Law and Child Custody for Illinois on
Q: I am 17 yr old and live in an abusive house with my mother and stepfather. My real father called DCFS no results.

It was after my stepdad beat me....they isolated me...it took 2 weeks to contact my real dad about it and he called my school counselor who reported it to DCFS my mom got mad at dad for that and went to court .judge issued an Op where I can't be around my father .she didn't even tell me, or let me... Read more »

Mrs. Lucinda D. Bugden
Mrs. Lucinda D. Bugden answered on Apr 9, 2018

Under Illinois law, both parents get visitation (now called "parenting time") with their children. Therefore your legal father should have court ordered visitation with you. On the Order of Protection which named you without your consent, you can appear in court on the OOP & tell the judge that you... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Illinois on
Q: The mother of my two children up and left without notice, not sure she is coming back. What can I do?

We are not together, we have never been married and have no custody agreement, and not the first time she has done this.

Mrs. Lucinda D. Bugden
Mrs. Lucinda D. Bugden answered on Apr 4, 2018

You should file a Family case in the county where you reside. You are going to have to have her "served" with the complaint by a sheriff's deputy or a private process server. Go to Illinois legal online to learn your rights & to help you file the petition. If you hire an attorney, they will draft... Read more »

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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 him... 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 to... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Ohio on
Q: If a case has been dismissed and the judge said that a person cannot be around the kids as long as they are/continuing.>

Counseling and after the last court date the father and mother had the kids stopped seeing the concealer and the father let the kids see this person would he be in contempt? And there was no evidence that the person ever hurt the kid/s and cps closed their case and nothing else was ever done.

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

Once a case has been dismissed, all orders that were entered in it are no longer in effect. Yet if the case is closed, it is not dismissed and the orders entered in it are valid. An order dismissing a case usually states "dismissed without prejudice" which means it can be refiled at a later date;... Read more »

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