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

Q: My sister is an illegal mother of a one month old baby, father of legal status blackmails her and mentally abuses

They are engaged, but he still needs to file for citizenship in order to help her. He blackmails her and mentally abuses by threats of depriving her citizenship and custody. Any options she might have? Steps to take? If situation gets worse, can i take her and the baby to my place for a while... Read more »

Susan L. Stambaugh answered on Mar 11, 2017

I'm not sure what you mean by "illegal mother", but I assume you mean an undocumented immigrant maybe. Anyway your sister should locate the closest abused women's shelter or organization. We have many resources to help women in her situation. She may need to get an order of protection and possibly... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Illinois on

Q: How could I receive protection from the law if I feel one has threats of violence against my life and well being.

The individual has sent cryptic texts to my family and has attempted to visit my family. I tried talking to said individual's parents but it has not helped at all. He is a former employee of mine in a start up business I attempted about 1 year ago and when I found out he was involved with... Read more »

Susan L. Stambaugh answered on Mar 11, 2017

The first thing you must do is report to the harassment and threats to your local police department. Be sure to print off any text messages or other evidence of the threats to give to the police. There are a few ways that you can print off text messages. One way is to email them to yourself and... Read more »

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