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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Illinois on
Q: What does a parent have to do for a child to be able to legally run away without getting in trouble?

My family is not a good one. I get yelled at everyday for the smallest things. My step mother shoved scissors in my FACE recently and started yelling. Saying how I should not talk back and I should be scared. She threatens to strangle her own baby but gets offended when you think she is actually... Read more »

Cheryl Powell
Cheryl Powell
answered on Sep 28, 2022

No minor can legally run away without getting into trouble. If things truly are as bad as you say, you should go to the police station to tell them what is going on and ask to be placed into foster care. There is a place for all children to go, which is the foster care system if being home is... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Illinois on
Q: I have custody of my children and the mother bought my 13 year old vape and told her not to let me find out.

What can I do about this situation? I do not trust the mother to make the right decisions.

David Giffin
David Giffin
answered on Sep 7, 2022

First of all, I'm sorry you are dealing with this kind of problem. Not being able to trust your coparent to act in your child's best interests is upsetting, at best.

There is a lot of information we don't know about this situation. I would also encourage you to double-check...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Illinois on
Q: I am 16 with parents who are seperated and I want to move to another state with my dad.

My parents are seperated and for reasons I shall not discuss I would rather live with my dad. I dont know what needs to be done in order to move to a different state with him and have no idea how to find out due to my mom having an app on my phone that makes it so she can see everything on it. What... Read more »

James G. Ahlberg
James G. Ahlberg
answered on Aug 25, 2022

You'll have to talk to your father and encourage him to begin court proceedings to change parenting time (formerly known as custody) and for him to petition the court to allow you to leave the state with him. I know of no way for you to begin these proceedings on your own.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Criminal Law and Family Law for Illinois on
Q: What if a parent refuses to surrender their child for the other parents parenting time over a lengthy course of time?

Does the affirmative defense to child abduction that " (1) the person had custody of the child pursuant to a court order granting legal custody or visitation rights that existed at the time of the alleged violation" apply if the person has partial custody of the child but detains them for... Read more »

Alexander Ivakhnenko
Alexander Ivakhnenko
answered on Aug 8, 2022

Hard to say without knowing more about the case. In any event the primary document of allocation of parental responsibilities may provide an affirmative defense to that criminal allegation.

However, if you ask that question, it seems you need a criminal attorney yesterday.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Small Claims for Illinois on
Q: I have been married to my husband for 25 years. I caught him having an affair for a year. Can I sue her for anything?

She was very aware we were married. I just feel she needs to be held accountable as well!

J. Richard Kulerski Esq.
J. Richard Kulerski Esq.
answered on Aug 2, 2022

No, you cannot. Illinois abolished its Alienation of Affection law a couple of years ago.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Illinois on
Q: Can I kick my soon to be 19 year old out of my house? I am the parent and she does not help pay for anything.

We live in Illinois. No written agreement for rent or anything like that. She has threatened me and is becoming more hostile and disrespectful by the day.

James G. Ahlberg
James G. Ahlberg
answered on Jul 25, 2022

If your daughter is 19, she is legally an adult. You can kick her out of your house, but you would do well to consider the result. Does she have a place to go? With whom will she live? How will this affect your relationship with her long into the future? Sometimes a practical answer is better than... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Family Law for Illinois on
Q: Back in 1997 I was married and my then husband purchased a house.

I had to sign "Solely for the purpose of waiving homestead rights" It states that right on the documents. He was the guarantor. Not me. We are divorced and have been for 22 years. He is now in default on that loan and it is coming up on my credit report. The mortgage company won't... Read more »

David Giffin
David Giffin
answered on Jun 8, 2022

Under Illinois law, married couples can be held jointly responsible for certain debts that arise during a marriage, even if only one spouse signs off on the debt. Solely waiving your homestead rights would likely not affect or limit this legal rule. Assuming you or your family lived in the home... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Illinois on
Q: My mom and aunt have a house together. My aunt has been overcharging her for mortgage along with other utilities.
James G Militello III
James G Militello III
answered on May 28, 2022

You need to find out how your aunt and mom took title to the house whether by "joint tenancy" or "tenancy in common". To determine what happens with the house in the event something happens to either one of them. You should also have your mom and aunt put an agreement together... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Illinois on
Q: Can a judge rule that a parent can only take their children to one church and no other church?

My girlfriend divorced her ex-husband and their settlement agrees to raise the children catholic. She only agreed to this due to being under duress of pleasing the family, as well as only wanting the children to attend CCD when with her, as this is raising them catholic, but not attend mass as she... Read more »

David Giffin
David Giffin
answered on May 26, 2022

I'm sorry to see you are dealing with this kind of sensitive and challenging issue. In my opinion, your girlfriend's biggest obstacle is that she entered a written settlement that the court approved. When parties make an agreed parenting plan, so long as the plan is not against a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support and Family Law for Illinois on
Q: Does the father of my child have legal parental rights over the baby, if he is still married legally to someone else?

his name is in the birth certificate

James G. Ahlberg
James G. Ahlberg
answered on May 5, 2022

Yes.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Contracts and Estate Planning for Illinois on
Q: How did my adult son, who I have financial guardianship, with no job and no savings take out a $43000 car loan withoutme
Stephanie Sexauer
Stephanie Sexauer
answered on Apr 26, 2022

I'm so sorry to hear about this; fortunately and unfortunately, it sounds like your son is high functioning to the point he wants to drive his own car but doesn't have the capacity to understand what a car loan entails. In adult guardianships in Illinois, this is somewhat common.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Illinois on
Q: Can a War under guardianship get their own personal representation aside from the guardianship representation?

Basically what I am asking how can I go about getting legal representation for me the disabled ward

Cheryl Powell
Cheryl Powell
answered on Apr 18, 2022

Are you contesting the guardianship? In what type of a case are you seeking representation? What orders have been entered so far?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Illinois on
Q: Can mother with sole custody residing in separate state from the father,180 miles away, move to a state further away?

Mother in IL, Father in WI, move to AZ. The child is 7 and sees his father every other weekend. The father has never lived near the child and is several years delinquent in child support.

Raiford Dalton Palmer
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Raiford Dalton Palmer
answered on Apr 14, 2022

This depends largely on the terms of your divorce or parentage judgment. The parenting judgment should state who has parental responsibilities (custody) and how parenting time (visitation) is handled. It should also contain terms about relocation - moving the child over 25 miles from their location... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Immigration Law for Illinois on
Q: Can I sponsor my husband whom is an immigrant, on section 8? I am working and may meet the income eligibility level

I will be getting married October of 2022. I'm on section 8 but I also work. I understand there's a minimum level of eligibility of income to sponsor an immigrant spouse. I may be eligible. I understand I have to petition. Will I be able to sponsor my spouse without loosing my Section 8... Read more »

Kevin L Dixler
Kevin L Dixler
answered on Apr 5, 2022

Means tested benefits can disqualify applicants for immigration. Section 8 Vouchers are an issue. You must earn enough at 125% of the Health and Human Services poverty levels to petition your husband. If you, as the petitioner, accept vouchers, then this can be a challenge upon discovery.... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Federal Crimes, Family Law and Personal Injury for Illinois on
Q: I live in central llinois, are there any laws regarding desecration/disrespect to a deceased ones ashes by other person

I was involved in a domestic violence dispute. My child's father had broke open the container of my(at the time) recently deceased dad's ashes, who had been dead less than 2 weeks, only having his ashes not even 48 hours.

Charles Candiano
Charles Candiano
answered on Mar 22, 2022

Your rights are stated in 755 ILCS 65/1, et seq. Please read to gain a better understanding of your rights.

1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence, Family Law and Sexual Harassment for Illinois on
Q: Family members force me into a relationship, using my children as with an individual that is sexually active w/ them

Been going on for 10 years or more, mothwr(RB) states husband(JTB) let's her. Then when her husband gets caught I get the he'll beat out of me, GOT THE VIDEO. Then JL says I owe him money

Charles Candiano
Charles Candiano
answered on Feb 11, 2022

What is your question?

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support and Family Law for Illinois on
Q: Hello, I have I guess a question about child support back pay and who that is owed to after the child leaves the home.
J. Richard Kulerski Esq.
J. Richard Kulerski Esq.
answered on Feb 10, 2022

Enforcement of a child support arrearage may be brought in the divorce court no matter how old the child(ren).

1 Answer | Asked in Insurance Bad Faith, Family Law and Insurance Defense for Illinois on
Q: My dad passed away he left his life Insurance policy to my older brother. But my brother is in drug rehab I need it pay
James G. Ahlberg
James G. Ahlberg
answered on Jan 29, 2022

Your father had a contract with the life insurance company that requires them to pay the benefits of the policy to the person he named as the beneficiary. They won't make an independent determination of the wisdom of your father's choice. Furthermore, if they gave the proceeds to you,... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Illinois on
Q: What is a conflict of interest between an attorney and third party?

My now wife consulted an attorney 2 years ago in regards to different children in our family and her ex husband. Now my sons mother has retained that same attorney in a child custody’s case between me and her. Is this a conflict of interest having had given the attorney all of the family... Read more »

J. Richard Kulerski Esq.
J. Richard Kulerski Esq.
answered on Jan 26, 2022

If I understand the facts you presented, it could be a conflict of interest. You should consider filing a Motion to Disqualify the attorney and let the judge decide if there is a conflict.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody, Child Support and Family Law for Illinois on
Q: My husband just was told he may have a 7 year old son he didnt know about. The mother hasn't had the child for awhile.

the mother is in jail right now waiting a trial and then will go to prison for a while. I am his wife. We want to prove paternity and totally adopt him as OURS . But don't want him around his "mother" ever again seeing as she is so unfit. We have 4 kids of our own and a house and I... Read more »

James G. Ahlberg
James G. Ahlberg
answered on Jan 25, 2022

There are too many variables in your situation for a lawyer to give you solid advice on these issues without sitting down and talking to you and your husband. I encourage you to make an appointment with an attorney in your area who handles adoptions. Also, if DCFS has to due an investigation of you... Read more »

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