Questions Answered by Cheryl Powell

Q: so my mom had surrendered her parents rights.

2 Answers | Asked in Child Custody for Illinois on
Answered on May 4, 2019
Cheryl Powell's answer
Yes, you can live with anyone you want at age 20 years. The courts can control you possibly until 21 if you are still a ward of the court, which is unlikely. If you are not a ward of the court, you can go live with whomever you like.

Q: I want to change my 1year old son last name can I do without asking the father

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Illinois on
Answered on Apr 20, 2019
Cheryl Powell's answer
He gets served and decides whether to respond or not.

Q: I have court this Friday for my case to be reviewed for an increase on my Child Support. The case was done 7yrs ago

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Illinois on
Answered on Apr 16, 2019
Cheryl Powell's answer
Make sure both of u bring your financial affidavit, income taxes and last Check stub.

Q: I have a question about dcfs and my case with them.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Illinois on
Answered on Mar 22, 2019
Cheryl Powell's answer
Tell ur lawyer, gal and the judge.

Q: I forgot to affix my license plate sticker and got a ticket. If I provide proof can I contest the ticket?

4 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Answered on Feb 13, 2019
Cheryl Powell's answer
Show proof of when it was paid and that u have it now, pic of it on your car. Might be dismissed.

Q: What happens if a 17 year old is caught with an ounce of marijuana

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Federal Crimes for Illinois on
Answered on Feb 13, 2019
Cheryl Powell's answer
Typically, they get a small fine.

Q: I was under-age when I got pregnant, I am 18 now, if I took the father to court for child support, what would happen?

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law for Illinois on
Answered on Feb 13, 2019
Cheryl Powell's answer
It is unlikely that he would be charged with anything.

Q: Does Illinois require marital counseling before divorce if one spouse asks for it?

2 Answers | Asked in Divorce for Illinois on
Answered on Feb 12, 2019
Cheryl Powell's answer
It depends. The parties have to testify and the judge determines if he thinks there is a reasonable opportunity to get back together or not. If he thinks so, he orders it.

Q: Can I send a friend to an emergency order protection court date since I can’t attend that day?

2 Answers | Asked in Domestic Violence for Illinois on
Answered on Jan 24, 2019
Cheryl Powell's answer
No. Call and tell the clerk that u need a continuance. Send a letter in asking for one and explain why.

Q: Can a speeding ticket with these errors be dismissed?

3 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Answered on Jan 24, 2019
Cheryl Powell's answer
No

They will be given leave by the court to amend the ticket.

Q: How long is a typical mediation for a divorce?

1 Answer | Asked in Arbitration / Mediation Law for Illinois on
Answered on Dec 11, 2018

Q: My son's girlfriend lied about her age and it turns out she's much younger than she told him.

2 Answers | Asked in Juvenile Law for Illinois on
Answered on Nov 16, 2018
Cheryl Powell's answer
It depend. Make sure she does not get pregnant. Unless her parents get mad at him, it is unlikely that anyone else will care.

Q: Is my daughter okay to move with her kids to another state if her ex has been charged?

2 Answers | Asked in Domestic Violence for Illinois on
Answered on Nov 16, 2018
Cheryl Powell's answer
Charged with what? It might be easier to get court permission if he was in prison, but unless he consents, there is no slam dunk for being able to move.

Q: I want to marry my boyfriend and his child mother is threaten to put him on child support if she does and we get married

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Illinois on
Answered on Oct 6, 2018
Cheryl Powell's answer
No, nothing can be taken out of your check. Child support is based upon his income and her income for the children that they have. Your children will also be taken into consideration.

Q: Will asking for more money on child support affect my taxes?

2 Answers | Asked in Child Support for Illinois on
Answered on Oct 6, 2018
Cheryl Powell's answer
No, child support is not taxable.

Q: Can a juvenile in IL be charged with a felony if damage is under $600.00?

2 Answers | Asked in Juvenile Law for Illinois on
Answered on Oct 6, 2018
Cheryl Powell's answer
Yes, any juvenile can be charged with anything an adult can be charged with. Police juvenile records are not expunged. Yes, previous convictions can be used to increase charges to a felony, but not previous charges.

Q: I owe $70,000 in back child support from a hookup I had 35 years ago and now shes taking me to court. What should I do?

2 Answers | Asked in Child Support for Illinois on
Answered on Sep 14, 2018
Cheryl Powell's answer
Extremely unlikely. Take your papers to a lawyer. There is interest added regularly too. It might be more than the back child support you owe. The court will likely order you to get a job.

Q: Relocating with in state

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Illinois on
Answered on Sep 12, 2018
Cheryl Powell's answer
No, under il law, u must have the father's permission or a court order.Ben

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