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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Illinois on
Q: Is there anything I can do if my daughter's step mom is blocking communication between the father and I?

She continues to try to speak for him and will take it as far as acting as she is him in text messages from his phone. I have expressed I would prefer that our conversations are phone calls so I know I am relying information to the right parent, but have recently received a text message from her... Read more »

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Marilyn Johnson answered on Nov 25, 2019

You need to file a petition with the court requesting that the father only communicate with you and not through third parties. Also, the court can determine the method of communication between you and the father and require him to always inform you of the location of your daughter.

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Q: My daughter is 16 her boyfriend is 18 and he just got kicked out of his house is it legal for him to move in?
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Marilyn Johnson answered on Nov 25, 2019

At the age of 18, he is no longer a minor so he can move into your home.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support, Divorce and Family Law for Illinois on
Q: How can a state have 2 different dockets cases for the same child support? (Same mom, child and dad).

1982 (Michigan) When the divorce was final there was no order of support. In 1986 the mom put in for uresa initiating, & the state the dad was in gave an order of support. (North Carolina) later the dad moved to another state. (IL) Never heard anything from either states til 94 when there was a... Read more »

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Marilyn Johnson answered on Nov 25, 2019

You definitely need to consult an attorney who can advise you.

2 Answers | Asked in Child Support and Family Law for Illinois on
Q: What can be done if a mother is willfully keeping the child from their biological father since birth

She refuses to let the father be apart of the childs life at all or except gifts from the biological father. And she has been in several different relationships since child was born and has told the child to call each one daddy. But will not let the biological father be apart of the childs life.

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Marilyn Johnson answered on Nov 25, 2019

The father needs to file a Petition to Determine the Existence of the Father and Child Relationship. The court will have to make a finding of paternity which may require a DNA test. After that the court will determine parenting time, parental responsibilities and child support.

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Illinois on
Q: Im 16 and my mom is moving to ohio but i dont wanna go for reason im being mentally and physically abused

And i wanna run away to my grandmas house but i dont wanna have any police contact going on

Marilyn  Johnson
Marilyn Johnson answered on Nov 19, 2019

You do not mention your father. If he is in your life then you should communicate your concerns to him. Otherwise, you should tell a teacher or law enforcement officer your concerns.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support and Family Law for Illinois on
Q: I am on child support can I get visitation with my daughter

I have been in no trouble have an apartment with my girlfriends 2/kids

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Marilyn Johnson answered on Nov 19, 2019

From what you have indicated, you should be able to have parenting with your daughter. You will have to petition the court for a parenting time schedule. Your parenting time will be ordered by the court taking into consideration the age of your child . If you have not been in your daughter's life,... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Illinois on
Q: I have raised my son & daughter the last 20 yrs. my papers say both parties(me and ex wife) are responsible for post

secondary education. my son 27, graduated college 4 yrs ago. my daughter 24 graduated in December 2018. can I bring my ex wife to court to try and collect the money she did not pay? she didnt pay one dime.

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Marilyn Johnson answered on Nov 19, 2019

Probably not. You waited too long. However, you should consult an attorney to review the terms contained in your judgment.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Illinois on
Q: Can i file for child support if the childs father still lives with me but refuses to pay bills

The father collects unemployment and does not pay any bills or for any food or tutoring

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Marilyn Johnson answered on Nov 14, 2019

Yes you can. If he is not supporting the child and he is not paying any bills at your residence, then you can petition the court for child support.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Illinois on
Q: My boyfriend is finally stable and is ready for his dissolution of marriage and also wants custody of his daughter

He has been in ohio for 8 months and his spouse is abusive and unfit to care for her

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Marilyn Johnson answered on Nov 14, 2019

Since both parties and the child have resided in Ohio for 8 months, Illinois does not have jurisdiction over the child. An Ohio attorney should be consulted.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Illinois on
Q: What is reasonable healthcare? Orthodontics for a second time.

I'm order to pay half all medical, dental, vision and orthodontics for our children in the current order. My ex is wanting our youngest to have braces for a second time. They are the primary decision maker in this area but this seems excessive. I can have a second opinion done at my own cost but... Read more »

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Marilyn Johnson answered on Nov 11, 2019

I would certainly get a second opinion. If that orthodontist recommends that your child needs the braces again, then you will have to pay. In that event, you need to find out would occurred causing your child to have the braces again. If there was any negligence on the part of the first... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Illinois on
Q: Im a 16 year old male, my mother has sole custody of me but things have been happening in the house so i decided i want

Im a 16 year old male, my mother has sole custody of me but things have been happening in the house so i decided i wanted to live with my dad yesturday. she said if im not back by sunday she will call the cops but im afraid to go back. will the cops still make me

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Marilyn Johnson answered on Nov 5, 2019

They police could tell you to return to your mother but information is needed. If your mother is abusing you or neglecting you then you should inform the police. Again, depending on the circumstances, you dad could file an emergency petition for temporary and permanent custody or for an order of... Read more »

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Q: My daughter was given to her grandmother without my knowledge.How can i get custody of my daughter in Mississippi
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Marilyn Johnson answered on Nov 5, 2019

You will need to contact an attorney in Mississippi.

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Illinois on
Q: First hearing for my 3 year old son, never married.

cant afford an attorney. The mother has kept me out of my sons life, he is 3 now. I filed for visitations over a year ago, and we came to an agreement at mediation a couple months ago. At our most recent court date she changed her mind. My case is now set for a hearing and I am supposed to bring... Read more »

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Marilyn Johnson answered on Oct 30, 2019

From what you have alleged,there appears to be no basis for the court to delay overnight parenting time with your son for a year. As he is three years old and you do not have a relationship with him, you will first to establish a relationship with him before overnight parenting time can start.... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Illinois on
Q: What is the likely outcome if the father takes me to court?

My 15 month old sons father who is not on the birth certificate by choice has threatened to take me to court because I will no longer let him take my son with him unsupervised. He plays too rough with my son and makes him cry. He puts my son in the car with him and has him sitting in the front... Read more »

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Marilyn Johnson answered on Oct 29, 2019

From what you have alleged, there is a very chance that the court will order supervised parenting time. However, there first must be a finding of paternity. An agreed court order can be entered that he is the father or a DNA test can be ordered first.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support, Family Law and Social Security for Illinois on
Q: Court order to stop child support payments as of July 2019 child support didn't tell social security until October 2019

Child support payments has been taken from my benefits since September of 2019

Marilyn  Johnson
Marilyn Johnson answered on Oct 29, 2019

You may be entitled to a reimbursement from the other parent or a credit against other expenses you may owe or even college expenses.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Illinois on
Q: I have a court order for reunification therapy and the kids, which are 10, 13 and 15 say they do not want to see me?

I have not seen them or talked to them since January 2019 and all I get from the counselor is she can not force them, but shouldn't I just go to the sessions? I have not been included in them. Is this not in compliance with being court ordered? Sounds like I need a new therapist too.

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Marilyn Johnson answered on Oct 29, 2019

You must obey the court order and attend the therapy sessions. The children must also attend the therapy sessions and the other parent of your children must obey the court order and take them to the sessions. The therapist will decide how to conduct the sessions. However, in the event that you... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support, Divorce and Family Law for Illinois on
Q: We are not married and have a infant child. Who can have custody of a child and percentage of child support?

We reside in ILLINOIS when we had our infant baby and we are not married yet. We now live separately and currently child is with my ex. Does child’s mother automatically become primary care? What are my rights of seeing my child? Do I have any control of when I can see my child? What is the... Read more »

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Marilyn Johnson answered on Oct 22, 2019

You need to file a Petition to Establish the Father-Child Relationship. The child's mother needs to served that petition. You must ask the court for a finding that you are the biological father of the child. Even if you signed a Voluntary Acknowledgment of Paternity, either party can request a DNA... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Divorce for Illinois on
Q: IL Divorce- What forms needed to show judge we don’t want 401k from spouse or for them to pay our cc debt?

Spouse and I are in complete agreement on non-simplified divorce in IL. We want to each be responsible for debts only in our names and neither of us want half of the other’s 401k. We want to be able to settle our divorce without splitting the debt or taking half of retirement

.What... Read more »

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Marilyn Johnson answered on Oct 22, 2019

You need to prepare a Judgment for Dissolution of Marriage and attach a Marital Settlement Agreement. You can include provisions in the Marital Settlement Agreement as to terms that you and your spouse have agreed to. The court will review the terms of the agreement and approve it or request that... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Illinois on
Q: Ok im about to lose my parental rights to Dcfs after a year + fight after I had a terrible divorce where in the end i as

I had no support, rransportation, developed a drug habit due to lose of my son alienation and depression hwith no job money or anything how do I get my baby back?

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Marilyn Johnson answered on Oct 18, 2019

You will have to prove to the court that you have rehabilitated yourself by the very least being drug free and obtaining a job . This will more likely be a long process for you. Hopefully, you will have supervised parenting time with your child during your recovery.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Family Law for Illinois on
Q: What documentation or information would i need to overturn a judges ruling for sole custody to become a custodial parent

My daughter is 12 and her mother has had sole custody of her since she was 1 year old. I attempted to file for joint but was immediately denied by the judge. Recent my daughter has been exhibiting signs of distress about her home life and has been acting out to the point of even running away and... Read more »

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Marilyn Johnson answered on Oct 17, 2019

You need to retain an attorney who can advise you in regards to a change of custody. You do not state the allegations contained in your petition for change of custody which may have a bearing on any petition that you may file.

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