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Q: Can i file for child support if the childs father still lives with me but refuses to pay bills

The father collects unemployment and does not pay any bills or for any food or tutoring

Marilyn  Johnson
Marilyn Johnson answered on Nov 14, 2019

Yes you can. If he is not supporting the child and he is not paying any bills at your residence, then you can petition the court for child support.

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Q: Do you always need a lawyer for a child support case if we were never married?

I have been the sole provider for my almost two year old for her whole life. I recently got summoned to court because her dad wants custody and child support. He has a lawyer but I can not afford one. I asked the judge for a 30 day continuance to obtain a lawyer but most of them are $3000.

James G. Ahlberg
James G. Ahlberg answered on Nov 13, 2019

Strictly speaking, no. Practically speaking, yes. You can build a house without a carpenter, a plumber or an electrician, but how good a house will it be? Similarly, you can present your own case before the judge, but how good a case will it be? Borrow the money from friends and relatives if you... Read more »

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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.

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Illinois on
Q: First hearing for my 3 year old son, never married.

cant afford an attorney. The mother has kept me out of my sons life, he is 3 now. I filed for visitations over a year ago, and we came to an agreement at mediation a couple months ago. At our most recent court date she changed her mind. My case is now set for a hearing and I am supposed to bring... Read more »

Marilyn  Johnson
Marilyn Johnson answered on Oct 30, 2019

From what you have alleged,there appears to be no basis for the court to delay overnight parenting time with your son for a year. As he is three years old and you do not have a relationship with him, you will first to establish a relationship with him before overnight parenting time can start.... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Child Support, Family Law and Social Security for Illinois on
Q: Court order to stop child support payments as of July 2019 child support didn't tell social security until October 2019

Child support payments has been taken from my benefits since September of 2019

Marilyn  Johnson
Marilyn Johnson answered on Oct 29, 2019

You may be entitled to a reimbursement from the other parent or a credit against other expenses you may owe or even college expenses.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support, Divorce and Family Law for Illinois on
Q: We are not married and have a infant child. Who can have custody of a child and percentage of child support?

We reside in ILLINOIS when we had our infant baby and we are not married yet. We now live separately and currently child is with my ex. Does child’s mother automatically become primary care? What are my rights of seeing my child? Do I have any control of when I can see my child? What is the... Read more »

Marilyn  Johnson
Marilyn Johnson answered on Oct 22, 2019

You need to file a Petition to Establish the Father-Child Relationship. The child's mother needs to served that petition. You must ask the court for a finding that you are the biological father of the child. Even if you signed a Voluntary Acknowledgment of Paternity, either party can request a DNA... Read more »

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Q: How long do I let my ex go on not telling me about our child's medical appointments?

My ex and I share joint and legal custody and defined primary decision making in different areas in the case we cannot agree. My ex has taken our child to several appointments for conditions that they deem as medical but has not told me about any of them. I'm finding out about the appointment when... Read more »

Marilyn  Johnson
Marilyn Johnson answered on Oct 10, 2019

You must refer to your Judgment for Dissolution of Marriage to see what it states regarding medical appointments. If your ex is supposed to inform you of these appointments prior to the date of the appointment and your ex is not doing so, then you can file a Petition for Rule to Show Cause for a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Family Law, Personal Injury and Child Support for Illinois on
Q: I was involved in motor vehicle accident against UBER. Currently filing a lawsuit and I have child support obligations?

I was involved in motor vehicle accident against UBER. Currently filing a lawsuit and I have child support obligations?

I was considered disabled since my accident on 12.24.17 and been home since. We will be pursuing a lawsuit of 7 figures! How does this affect my child support once all... Read more »

James G. Ahlberg
James G. Ahlberg answered on Oct 10, 2019

These are questions to take to the lawyer handling your case. He or she is intimately familiar with details about your circumstances that uniquely enable him or her to give you accurate advice. You've already committed to pay that lawyer a large fee. You should feel free to pose your questions to... Read more »

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Q: what can I do if the father hasn't taken the dna test in court... after the courts has ordered him to twice?

my child is one years old and I have put the father on child support, he has been served and ordered to take a dna test twice yet he has failed to do so, the judge has put a warrant out for his arrest yet he still hasn't been caught, and now my case is up for a progress call. can I ask the judge... Read more »

Marilyn  Johnson
Marilyn Johnson answered on Sep 23, 2019

If you put his name on the birth certificate and he signed the Voluntary Acknowledgement of Paternity the court could enter a needs based child support order. If he is employed and you know where he is employed, you could send a subpoena to his employer for his income documents. Hopefully, he will... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Child Support for Illinois on
Q: My son is turning 11 and his father has never probated, if I asked for child support how many year can we go back?

He’s not on the birth certificate.

James G. Ahlberg
James G. Ahlberg answered on Sep 16, 2019

Child support is typically only collectible beginning on the day a request for it is filed with the court.

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Q: My 11yrs is in a private school with a scholarship, can he still obtained scholarships after filling child support.
James G. Ahlberg
James G. Ahlberg answered on Sep 16, 2019

This is a question you'll have to ask the school, since they are the only ones that know the answer.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Child Support for Illinois on
Q: What can I do? I have 8 year old daughter. We live in Illinois.

My daughter was born in 2010. I was there for the birth but left the hospital to go buy some stuff for the baby.When I came back the ex girlfriend had filled out all the paperwork for the birth certificate.Years later I came to find out she didnt add me on the birth certificate and misspelled my... Read more »

James G. Ahlberg
James G. Ahlberg answered on Aug 20, 2019

Get a child support/custody order.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Illinois on
Q: What is the time frame for this whole process? I haven't gotten a date for a hearing. It's been well over 30 days.

I filed a petition with the court to relocate but I haven't gotten a date for a hearing. I feel as though I'm being held hostage by the state of Illinois. If he's not complying to the parenting plan (he doesn't see them, call them or pay child support) why do my boys and I have to remain where we... Read more »

Robert B. Buchanan
Robert B. Buchanan answered on Aug 19, 2019

Did you present your motion to the court?

The court should have entered an order setting the tentative schedule.

The court doesn't give you a first court date without you asking for it.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support and Family Law for Illinois on
Q: Ex quit job (again) prior to a custody\child support trial.

Each time there is a child support hearing my ex quits their job. Prior to 2017, this action has allowed them to obtain more child support. In 2017, they were deemed voluntarily underemployed. Due to other circumstances the children now reside with me on a temporary order and I've motioned to... Read more »

Marilyn  Johnson
Marilyn Johnson answered on Aug 6, 2019

If your former spouse voluntarily quit his or her job, the court can impute income to him or her. If you are providing the children with a loving and stable home, the court may not want to remove the children from it. The court encourages stability of environment for the children.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Child Support for Illinois on
Q: Can a mother take her child (2 1/2) from the custodial father just to get child support when he’s had her for a year?

The mother of the child has often threatened to take their daughter, and has done so for short periods, when she is angry with the father. The father lives with his parents, and his mother babysits when he’s working. The mother is agreeable with this situation. The mother rarely takes their... Read more »

Robert B. Buchanan
Robert B. Buchanan answered on Aug 2, 2019

Yes, she can, unless there is a court order.

The father could file a custody case and file a motion to maintain the status quo. If the motion is granted there will be a court order establishing the current schedule and saying that mother cannot do whatever she wants.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support, Divorce and Military Law for Illinois on
Q: What can i do about my outrageous child support amount? i left the military and i tried to change the amount.

The case was originated in hawaii. I was discharged from the military back in june of last year. My child support was calculated off of my income, in which i am no longer making near the amount. I literally cannot pay my bills. I sent in a modification request, although now im receiving threats... Read more »

Robert B. Buchanan
Robert B. Buchanan answered on Aug 2, 2019

It sounds likes you need a lawyer in Hawaii to file a motion to modify child support based on your change in income.

2 Answers | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support and Family Law for Illinois on
Q: my sister is 17, her parents have joint custody. Her mom won’t let her move to ny with her dad. Can she just leave?

Her mom is verbally and mentally abusive. I am her 20 year old sister and I am willing to take her to NY. The parents have joint custody so can her mom stop her from going to him? I thought that after a certain age a child can choose where they want to live? Well, her mother doesn’t even give her... Read more »

James G. Ahlberg
James G. Ahlberg answered on Aug 1, 2019

The age at which a child can determine where they live is when they become an adult under the law, namely his or her 18th birthday.

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Q: What is an in-camera judge appearance like to a child?

My child is scheduled for an in-camera meeting with the judge regarding primary residency during the school year. My child is 12 and is nervous about the other parent badgering them about what is discussed. I want to be able to reassure my child.

Thanks

Marilyn  Johnson
Marilyn Johnson answered on Jul 27, 2019

An in-camera meeting with the judge is usually not recommended because it can cause much stress for the child. The court usually tries to avoid it and will quite often appoint a guardian ad litem or a child's representative that can act as the eyes and ears for the court. In your case, however, the... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Illinois on
Q: what does it mean when a child support case says off call

this case has been going on since 2003 child support

Robert B. Buchanan
Robert B. Buchanan answered on Jul 17, 2019

That there are no motions or petitions that the court needs to decide.

If you want the judge to decide an issue you need to file a motion or petition.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support and Family Law for Illinois on
Q: I have been getting the same amount of child support for 15 years.

My child’s father recently took me to court for more parenting time. I asked for more money for extra-curricular activities and other school fees. Now he wants to settle by paying a little extra child support. Can I asked for back child support? And what about college? He and his lawyer is trying... Read more »

Marilyn  Johnson
Marilyn Johnson answered on Jul 15, 2019

You should file a Petition to Modify Child Support. The court will only consider child support retroactive to the day of filing that petition so do it immediately. In addition to the child support, he will be responsible for a contribution to your child's extracurricular activity expenses and... Read more »

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