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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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2 Answers | Asked in Domestic Violence for Illinois on

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

Cheryl Powell answered on Nov 16, 2018

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.

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2 Answers | Asked in Juvenile Law for Illinois on

Q: My husband has been accused of lifting my 9 year old covers at night 3 times and looking at her. He didn't touch her

My niece said he never touched her but was creeped out and scared. My husband denies it. I have never seen any innappropristen behavior. I was present on the occasions and did not see ant innapropriate behavior. No sexual activity occurred. It creeped my niece out. Could this be a legal issue?

Cheryl Powell answered on Oct 10, 2018

Potentially.

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1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Illinois on

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

Can they take anything out of my checks? I stay in Illinois and I also have two kids by him

Cheryl Powell answered on Oct 6, 2018

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.

2 Answers | Asked in Child Support for Illinois on

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

Cheryl Powell answered on Oct 6, 2018

No, child support is not taxable.

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2 Answers | Asked in Juvenile Law for Illinois on

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

If police did not see juvenile commit alleged charges how can they convict juvenile? How can police convict juvenile of charges alleged by other juveniles supposedly made in a report under duress? What happens to juvenile's civil right if previous record had not been expunged by police dept within... Read more »

Cheryl Powell answered on Oct 6, 2018

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.

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2 Answers | Asked in Child Support for Illinois on

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?

After the kid was born, she moved out of state and did not contact me again besides taking me to court for child support. I have never paid but I do not have a job or any money saved up. I have not filed taxes for a long time and don't know what to do. Is there any way I can get this case dismissed?

Cheryl Powell answered on Sep 14, 2018

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.

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Illinois on

Q: Relocating with in state

Currently have 2 children, i am unmarried and not with their father. I work for the state of illinois and put in a transfer to better our lives at another facility 4 hours away from my current job. Can I relocate with out the fathers permission? There are no current cases open

Cheryl Powell answered on Sep 12, 2018

No, under il law, u must have the father's permission or a court order.Ben

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