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.
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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.
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 »
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.
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 »
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 »
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.
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 »
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 »
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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