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1 Answer | Asked in Child Support and Family Law for Illinois on
Q: How can I speed up the child support process without having to pay for a lawyer?

My childrens father and I have recently separated and I filed for child support in September 1, 2019. Havent heard back yet but when I emailed them they said it could take up to 6-8 months of a wait but if I want to speed up the process I could hire a lawyer. I am a single mother of 3 and cannot... Read more »

Cheryl Powell
Cheryl Powell answered on Nov 13, 2019

You might be able to get one through your legal services office which would establish parenting time and parenting allocation.

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for Illinois on
Q: Can I hug a 15 year old if i am 18 i just want to make sure before I hug my friend is ig illegal or not
Cheryl Powell
Cheryl Powell answered on Oct 30, 2019

Since you are asking the question, no, you should not. A minor has to be aged 17 to consent to any touching behavior.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Illinois on
Q: Family law. What are my rights to my child. Unmarried

My son's father and I seperated he took my child and he is on disability and needs his equipment but the father is refusing to bring him to me.

Cheryl Powell
Cheryl Powell answered on Oct 13, 2019

Is his name on the birth certificate? Did he sign papers at the hospital?

If so, he has the same rights, he just has to go to court to establish them. If you call the police, sometimes they will help u get the child back.

1 Answer | Asked in Elder Law, Estate Planning and Probate for Illinois on
Q: grandfather was part of the McDonnell Douglas asbestos settlement I believe my sister is receiving and cashing my funds?

Dutch Powers from Grafton, IL was my grandfather, he was part of the asbestos settlement listed above. my sister contacted me about a received check a few years ago and I believe she has been depositing these checks directed to me for her own benefit. I am looking for help to find the truth. she... Read more »

Cheryl Powell
Cheryl Powell answered on Oct 2, 2019

Go though the settlement case, research it and call them. If u would like for me to do if for u, I would be happy to.

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Civil Rights for Illinois on
Q: can i be arrested for failure to identify/ obstruction of identification for not giving my name but not charged with it?

i was charged with evidence found but not why i was arrested

Cheryl Powell
Cheryl Powell answered on Oct 2, 2019

Nobody can answer your question except the state's attorney. He can respond with discovery to ur atty.

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1 Answer | Asked in Gov & Administrative Law, Child Custody and Civil Rights for Illinois on
Q: In Illinois if you are under investigation and have not been found guilty of any crimes , can you refuse a CPS drug tes
Cheryl Powell
Cheryl Powell answered on Oct 1, 2019

You can refuse anything you like. Then it is considered a failed test by the court system. As such, there is a possibility that you could lose your children.

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law for Illinois on
Q: Hi, I was wondering If I could file a restraining order against my mother.

I am currently an adult who has moved multiple times, however she keeps following me wherever I go, she has verbally abused me all my life (I have no evidence so you will have to take my word for it), and I just want to not have her constantly around me

Cheryl Powell
Cheryl Powell answered on Sep 30, 2019

It depends on what she is doing to you.

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1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for Illinois on
Q: I live in st.clair co illinois.I am trying to get a divorce and it is non contested what do i do? I have no money.

I was married 1/13/2007.And. Have been seperated since 9/20/2009.My wife is broke aswell as me and want to divorce spending the least amount of money as possible.And our marriage license is from crawford co missouri, and we both live in illinois now.I live 1 and 45 minutes from crawford co and she... Read more »

Cheryl Powell
Cheryl Powell answered on May 7, 2019

Land of Lincoln legal assistance. Google.

2 Answers | Asked in Child Custody for Illinois on
Q: so my mom had surrendered her parents rights.

but I want to know can I go and live with her because now I am 20 years old

Cheryl Powell
Cheryl Powell answered on May 4, 2019

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.

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Illinois on
Q: I want to change my 1year old son last name can I do without asking the father

The father isnt involved in any form of the child's life, he doesn't support the child. I live in the St.clair county area.

Cheryl Powell
Cheryl Powell answered on Apr 20, 2019

He gets served and decides whether to respond or not.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Illinois on
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
Cheryl Powell
Cheryl Powell answered on Apr 16, 2019

Make sure both of u bring your financial affidavit, income taxes and last Check stub.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Illinois on
Q: I have a question about dcfs and my case with them.

I was clean from drug use for 1.5 years. I relapsed while pregnant. My daughter was born with heroin in her system so dcfs got involved. I not only asked for treatment while I was still in the hospital from giving birth to her and dcfs had interviewed me but when I relapsed again I asked for rehab... Read more »

Cheryl Powell
Cheryl Powell answered on Mar 22, 2019

Tell ur lawyer, gal and the judge.

4 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: I forgot to affix my license plate sticker and got a ticket. If I provide proof can I contest the ticket?

My IL registration is current and valid for another 6 months, I just did not have the sticker on my plate and received a ticket in Chicago for 'expired plate or temporary registration'. If I can submit documentation online to prove my car is registered, is that enough? Or do I still have to pay... Read more »

Cheryl Powell
Cheryl Powell answered on Feb 13, 2019

Show proof of when it was paid and that u have it now, pic of it on your car. Might be dismissed.

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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Federal Crimes for Illinois on
Q: What happens if a 17 year old is caught with an ounce of marijuana
Cheryl Powell
Cheryl Powell answered on Feb 13, 2019

Typically, they get a small fine.

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2 Answers | Asked in Family Law for Illinois on
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?

I was 17 at the time, the father was 25.

Cheryl Powell
Cheryl Powell answered on Feb 13, 2019

It is unlikely that he would be charged with anything.

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2 Answers | Asked in Divorce for Illinois on
Q: Does Illinois require marital counseling before divorce if one spouse asks for it?
Cheryl Powell
Cheryl Powell answered on Feb 12, 2019

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.

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2 Answers | Asked in Domestic Violence for Illinois on
Q: Can I send a friend to an emergency order protection court date since I can’t attend that day?

I have an exam that I can’t miss that morning and do not want them to terminate the order protection if I don’t show up.

Cheryl Powell
Cheryl Powell answered on Jan 24, 2019

No. Call and tell the clerk that u need a continuance. Send a letter in asking for one and explain why.

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3 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: Can a speeding ticket with these errors be dismissed?

-Wrong year on the ticket they put 2018 instead of 2019

-They have the license plate written completely wrong

Cheryl Powell
Cheryl Powell answered on Jan 24, 2019

No

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

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1 Answer | Asked in Arbitration / Mediation Law for Illinois on
Q: How long is a typical mediation for a divorce?
Cheryl Powell
Cheryl Powell answered on Dec 11, 2018

2 to 4 hours.

2 Answers | Asked in Juvenile Law for Illinois on
Q: My son's girlfriend lied about her age and it turns out she's much younger than she told him.

He's worried about getting in trouble for sexual involvement with a minor. Could he still be charged even though she lied and he was innocent?

Cheryl Powell
Cheryl Powell answered on Nov 16, 2018

It depend. Make sure she does not get pregnant. Unless her parents get mad at him, it is unlikely that anyone else will care.

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