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2 Answers | Asked in Family Law for Illinois on
Q: A woman told me she had an abortion but now she's saying she had the baby. What can I do?
Angela Peters
Angela Peters answered on Feb 3, 2017

Sounds like you need to file a Paternity case, Iif you believe you are the father. I would contact an attorney for this.

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Q: If I feel my children are not safe with their father during visitations how can I stop the visitations Grundy county IL?

He moved back in September and supposedly moved again and has not given me an address. His family is no longer talking to him and said that his drinking is out of control. That he has been arguing and saying unruly things in front of the children. He did not pick them up from September until... Read more »

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Angela Peters answered on Jan 31, 2017

It sounds like you have a strong basis to temporarily suspend his visitations. I would sit down and talk with an atty about details.Either you go to court on your own, or with an atty. You must get an order from the Judge to stop the visitations.

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3 Answers | Asked in Divorce, Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Illinois on
Q: Q: When asking for spousal support what are the qualifications? Who can get it and who can't get it.

Q: When asking for spousal support what are the qualifications? Who can get it and who can't get it.

Angela Peters
Angela Peters answered on Jan 30, 2017

Spousal support is the term used for what used to be called maintenance of alimony. If a person is married and going through a divorce, there are guidelines for the court to follow re whether someone is entitled to spousal support. I would suggest that you sit down with an attorney to discuss the... Read more »

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Q: My husband is in prison and he has filed a lawsuit against the prison. Do I have any rights to the lawsuit? What are my

Rights to my husband estate if he wins? And what is his rights to me his wife?

Angela Peters
Angela Peters answered on Jan 30, 2017

Yes, he should certainly be doing this with an attorney. Any settlement of outcome may be a marital asset, so that you would share. If you are asking this sort of question, perhaps you should be talking with an attorney to protect your own rights.

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Q: Do I have to send my three month old daughter to another state to visit her father? we were never married

My child's father and I was never married and he lives in another state. He wants to take our THREE MONTH OLD to another state for over a week. Do I have to let him take her and how often?

Angela Peters
Angela Peters answered on Jan 18, 2017

You do not have to let him take your daughter as you describe. He has no legal rights as the father until he has been named as the father in court. That does not mean that you can't come to agreements with him, ut you don't have to do something that you don't think is in the child's best interests... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Illinois on
Q: Can my ex wife get into trouble if she is letting me see and take the kids. When my rights have been terminated

I've been found unfit and legal rights terminated in 2010. We just went back to court and judge order me no rights and no visitation. Can she be in trouble for letting me take them for weekend visits

Angela Peters
Angela Peters answered on Jan 13, 2017

Yes, she could get into trouble. The court could determine that she used poor judgment and put the kids at risk.

I am sure either of your attorneys told you this, I F you had attorneys.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Illinois on
Q: My ex wants to claim our son on on his taxes even though it is stated that it is my year .

He says that because I do not work he gets to claim our son. There are no stipulations stated in our paperwork and even though I do not work my husband does. Does he have the right to claim our son over me?

Angela Peters
Angela Peters answered on Jan 10, 2017

He has no right to the exemption if the papers say that you rotate the exemption and it is your year to use that exemption.

2 Answers | Asked in Child Custody and Family Law for Illinois on
Q: My ex is trying to get me to set up visitation for him and get it notorized without the courts. Is that legal?

I had an order of protection on him then he was sent to prison and when I renewed my o.p. i asked for visits to be removed with the reasons I had for it. They removed visits. I just want to do some homework so I know

Angela Peters
Angela Peters answered on Jan 9, 2017

It sounds as though your ex was not given visitation in the court papers. If so, was there a reason for that? Perhaps you want the court's input before he gets visitation.

Those papers may also say that any change to those papers has to be in writing.You and your ex can agree to any changes...
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2 Answers | Asked in Child Support and Family Law for Illinois on
Q: If a parent is behind on support payments at yr end do they give up their right to claim the child as a tax dependent?
Angela Peters
Angela Peters answered on Jan 6, 2017

It depends on what the court order states regarding use of the tax exemption. Even if the order gives him the exemption, you may want to go to court over it if he has not been keeping up with his child support obligations.

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Illinois on
Q: My daughters father does not bring her for her visits. How do i go about getting my daughter back?

There were a lot of false allegations made against me from her dad. DCFS found the case unfounded. I have unsupervised visits at the moment but my daughters father doesn't bring her when he is suppose to. He feels like he does not have to follow the court order. He doesn't answer the phone when i... Read more »

Angela Peters
Angela Peters answered on Jan 6, 2017

One thing you can do is to ask the Judge to appoint a Guardian Ad Litem for the child. This person is able to interview everyone and try to get to the bottom of any problems that stand in the way of you having visitation.

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law for Illinois on
Q: Is allocation of parental responsibilities the same as child custody?
Angela Peters
Angela Peters answered on Nov 17, 2016

Allocation of parental responsibilities includes what used to be called custody, decision making responsibilities, and what used to be called visitation.

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2 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Real Estate Law for Illinois on
Q: If I purchase my house 4 years before my girlfriend stared working does she has any right to the property.

We have been living together for 15 years, we never got married. We have 3 kids and now we are getting separated and she wants half of everything. We had an argument and I kicked her out with no keys out the house and she called the cops. They told she can get half of everything. She was moving out... Read more »

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Angela Peters answered on Nov 16, 2016

I would suggest you meet with an attorney to discuss specifics. It sounds like you did not enter In to a legal civil union. Depending on how the property is titled, she may or may not have any property interest in the house.

There is definitely an issue of child support regardless of your...
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2 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Illinois on
Q: Can a dismissed for want of prosecution case be reopened and a counter petition filed if it was just dismissed?
Angela Peters
Angela Peters answered on Nov 5, 2016

I am not sure if you saw my answer to this earlier today. Based on the facts you presented, you now need to file a Petition. There is nothing to counter.

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Q: If a dissolution of marriage was dismissed for want of prosecution am i still able to file a counter petition?
Angela Peters
Angela Peters answered on Nov 5, 2016

No, you need to file a petition now. Based on your statement, there is nothing to counter now.

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2 Answers | Asked in Family Law for Illinois on
Q: My ex husband hid servants package from job closing, I get permanent maintenance am I entitle to half.

What should be my argument in court about this?

Angela Peters
Angela Peters answered on Nov 1, 2016

I need more information in order to understand the situation.

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2 Answers | Asked in Family Law for Illinois on
Q: My ex-girlfriend says I'm the father of her baby. I don't think I am. Can she make me pay child support?
Angela Peters
Angela Peters answered on Nov 1, 2016

The best way to determine if you are the father is for you, the mother, and the baby to be DNA tested. You can do that either before anything is filed in court, or before anything starts in court. If you are the father, you will be responsible for child support and financially supporting the child.

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1 Answer | Asked in Child Support and Family Law for Illinois on
Q: I have2kids with my exgirlfriend,she refused to accept child support for7years,but now that she has a new kid want

i've been putting that money away for my children in a bank account till they turn 18, as any time I did send money she spent it on herself or her boyfriend. I'm worried now she will try to come after me and my wife and kids. What should I do? I wanted to work out payments for my children, not her... Read more »

Angela Peters
Angela Peters answered on Oct 18, 2016

I strongly suggest that you talk with an attorney. She could request support as far back as the birth of the children. It is all a question of the facts that are presented to the Court. She certainly could request child support going forward. You can't refuse to pay because you feel that she is... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Contracts, Family Law and Civil Rights for Illinois on
Q: I had a 1977 camaro that was sold without my knowledge because of family disagreement..

I had a 1977 camaro it was originally titles in my name i invested money into the car along with the help of my daughter grandpa we had a agreement that once I paid off car he would give the title back well i moved out and the title was changed into his name is moved back in 2 years later they gave... Read more »

Angela Peters
Angela Peters answered on Oct 10, 2016

There are a lot of facts here. I would suggest that you talk with an attorney to determine if you were ever on title or if you had a contract. it sounds to me that you were not on title and there was no written contract. There may have been an oral contract. It would be a good idea to talk with... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence and Family Law for Illinois on
Q: I had a domestic violence occur in 2014, I need to know my rights and fathers rights and protection/visitation

The father hit me in front of our daughter and I am afraid he will try again

Angela Peters
Angela Peters answered on Oct 4, 2016

I don't know if there was an order of protection, battery, or other type of domestic violence. The order could be pending now, or perhaps there is no pending order. You may be thinking about a divorce, or no divorce, but planning for your and your child's safety.

You should certainly talk...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Illinois on
Q: How do I go about terminating someone's legal parental rights? This is for my son-in-law who is in jail.
Angela Peters
Angela Peters answered on Oct 3, 2016

It would be helpful to know why you want to terminate patental rights and if someone else wants to assume those rights. You should sit down with an attorney to explore the situation.

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