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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Illinois on
Q: my mom and dad adopted my daughters 2yrs ago and i want to get full custody back can u help me please

they are 15 and 16 and they want to live with me! ive got a full time job and a part time job and im working on getting me a house for me and the girls and i also have my own vehicle in my name with insurance!

Cheryl Powell
Cheryl Powell answered on Aug 27, 2020

No. If your parents adopted your daughters with your consent or you were served and did not respond, your parental rights are terminated and adoptions are final.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Illinois on
Q: Im a 62 yr. old male. Who can help me with a 35 yr. old child support garnishment that threatens 60% of my SSI?
Cheryl Powell
Cheryl Powell answered on Aug 26, 2020

Call legal services in your area.

2 Answers | Asked in Child Custody and Divorce for Illinois on
Q: if my parents agree on a different schedule than the court agreement, is it illegal?(they are divorced)
Cheryl Powell
Cheryl Powell answered on Aug 25, 2020

They can have any agreement they like. They do not have to follow what is on the papers. They have to comply with the court ordered documents if they cannot agree.

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Illinois on
Q: Whats the right way to tell your parents you want to move out, without breaking them?
Cheryl Powell
Cheryl Powell answered on Aug 24, 2020

Plain English works the best. Fyi, this is a forum for lawyers, not counselors. Assuming that you are 18 or over, your question is not a legal one, it is an emotional one.

3 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: My son is 17 and he is on court supervision for doing donuts and he got a speeding ticket. What will happen to him?
Cheryl Powell
Cheryl Powell answered on Aug 23, 2020

He could lose his license. He needs to hire a traffic lawyer asap.

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3 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: I'm on court supervision right now and got another ticket. will I lose my license, or is there a way I can save it?

I'm 21 years old, I'm on court supervision for running a stop sign. The new ticket is for speeding.

Cheryl Powell
Cheryl Powell answered on Aug 22, 2020

You need to hire a traffic lawyer in the counties that your tickets are in. If the counties are the same or close together, perhaps you can use one lawyer to do both of them. Usually a lawyer can handle this without a lot of problems, but it is unlikely that a person representing himself or... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Illinois on
Q: My kids dads were given sole temp custody in juvenile court. What do I file (pro se) in family court to regain custody

dcfs removed them from my care due to DV involving my husband. He has moved out, my kids really want to come home, but I cant afford an attorney. What do I file in will county to ask for them back?

Cheryl Powell
Cheryl Powell answered on Aug 22, 2020

A divorce. And a Petition for Temporary Parenting Time and Responsibilities.

3 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents and Personal Injury for Illinois on
Q: my wife died car accident and is on her dad's insurance but since she's my wife do I get paid
Cheryl Powell
Cheryl Powell answered on Aug 22, 2020

You should immediately see a personal injury lawyer who can review these issues with you. One issue is whether or not your wife caused the accident or was partly at fault.

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3 Answers | Asked in Elder Law and Family Law for Illinois on
Q: My father has accused my husband of elderly abuse, neglect & financial exploitation. Will i be dragged into this?

My husband and i are seperated but still married. We were together when the majority of this allegedly occurred. Will i end up having to go into court for any reason? Also, currently there's just an order of protection out on my husband with the first hearing coming up. What happens if my... Read more »

Cheryl Powell
Cheryl Powell answered on Aug 20, 2020

You most certainly could go to court on either side...to prove that your husband did any of the things that he is accused of or to prove that you never saw him do any of those things.

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2 Answers | Asked in Domestic Violence for Illinois on
Q: I have a Domestic Violence question. I had my boyfriend arrested on some false allegations.

I sent affidavit to states attorney of what I did and that I was sorry and possibly to much of my meds and was angry at the time. I did do a video statement. I understand they can continue pursuing regardless. He has a private attorney that I'm not sure is doing all he can. His bond is... Read more »

Cheryl Powell
Cheryl Powell answered on Aug 19, 2020

You are not allowed to speak to the judge by yourself. You should talk to your boyfriend's lawyer and ask that lawyer how to proceed. He is being paid to help your boyfriend and you and he are on the same side.

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1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for Illinois on
Q: can i runaway at 16 in illinois? if not what other ways can i leave my house without consent??

I am not in immediate physical danger but my home is mentally unhealthy and unstable.

Cheryl Powell
Cheryl Powell answered on Aug 15, 2020

No dice. Unless you have enough on your parents to make a police report and take the risk of going into foster care, you are stuck with your parents. Sometimes parents will agree to let a child stay with an aunt or grandparents, etc. If you run away, anyone who hides you is committing a felony.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Illinois on
Q: Im trying to get a social and I cant cause my parents information don't match what can I do to resolve this

I have been struggling with getting my birth certificate because social security is saying my birth parents or the same as what they have on file so what can I do to fix this

Cheryl Powell
Cheryl Powell answered on Aug 13, 2020

Do whatever the social security office is asking you to do.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Child Support for Illinois on
Q: The mother of my child is taking me to qourt for child support what can I do to get out of it I just got out of prison
Cheryl Powell
Cheryl Powell answered on Aug 9, 2020

Oftentimes, judges will order you to get a job, come back with a document you filled out showing that you applied at 20 places per month, etc. You have a child and you have a legal obligation to support that child. There are many companies who hire convcited felons.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Illinois on
Q: what if my ex wont follow the parenting agreement?

In the parenting agreement it states "Children are to be with the mother four days before school starts" Today is four days as school starts this Wednesday. Their father is refusing to let the children come home stating it doesnt apply to remote learning and it is outdated. Please help me here.

Cheryl Powell
Cheryl Powell answered on Aug 8, 2020

Before school starts is plain English. It matters not whether learning is remote in that language.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Illinois on
Q: He has told my other son's father that all he had to do was spend a lot of money on a good lawyer an

And this lawyer will have him walking away only paying me 20 per month with joint custody

Cheryl Powell
Cheryl Powell answered on Aug 4, 2020

Yes, a lot of people tell others things like that. I do not know the circumstances of your case but things like that are usually b.s.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Child Support for Illinois on
Q: My child is 7 years old his father and I were never married and we separated for years ago due to him lying and cheating

I recently filed for cash assistance which of course now they're taking him to court for child support rumor has it he's going to fight me and try to get custody of our son what is the likeliness of him gaining custody. I have record of several times he did not show up for his weekends to... Read more »

Cheryl Powell
Cheryl Powell answered on Aug 4, 2020

The primary caretaker of the chil is usually awarded the most parenting time. He will get some parenting time if he requests it.

5 Answers | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois on
Q: I’m 21, got a speeding ticket going 79 in a 45. What are my options? Can’t get a lawyer because it’s too late. Help!
Cheryl Powell
Cheryl Powell answered on Aug 3, 2020

It is NEVER too late to get a lawyer. This is a misdemeanor, not just a speeding ticket. If court is tomorrow morning, ask the judge for a continuance. It will be a disaster to have this ticket on your record at this age.

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Illinois on
Q: My mom bought me a car for my 16th birthday and my dad doesn't want me driving the car to his house, school

or my sister to volleyball can he stop me?

Cheryl Powell
Cheryl Powell answered on Aug 2, 2020

You need to have a family meeting with your mom, dad and sister. Confront your mom in the presence of your dad about this so called agreement and see if it can be resolved. The bottom line is you are not going to be able to drive the car when you are on dad's time without dad's... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Illinois on
Q: Will my estranged wife automatically be priviledge to 1/2 my WC settlement in the marriage settlement?

I have been married to my spouse for several years in Illinois. Then in 2018 I had an accident at work and immediately started a Worker's Compensation case. In 2019 my wife and I separated. We were tryng to go through mediation, but appears to have failed. Will my estranged wife... Read more »

Cheryl Powell
Cheryl Powell answered on Aug 1, 2020

Not 50% generally, but 35ish. Maybe more, maybe less. Who makes more $ now. Can you work? There is an issue of a maintenance claim due to such a long marriage. Maintenance factors are at 750 ilcs 5/504.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody, Child Support and Juvenile Law for Illinois on
Q: if a 40 year old man impregnated a 13 year old and she gave birth to that baby and no one else knows what would happen?

The man (40) is the child’s (13) mother’s boyfriend (my father)

Cheryl Powell
Cheryl Powell answered on Jul 30, 2020

No one else knows??? The baby will be born in a hospital. Everyone will know. It will be questioned. The mother is probably on a medicaid card.

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