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1 Answer | Asked in Child Support, Divorce, Family Law and Health Care Law for Illinois on
Q: What happens to my child support for Iowa but my ex wife is moving to IL. My son is covered by Iowa health insurance.
James G. Ahlberg
James G. Ahlberg answered on Oct 22, 2020

Your child support is determined by the last court order. It doesn't change just because a parent moves from one state to another.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Support and Collections for Illinois on
Q: Was recently told my father failed to pay child support, I'm 21 now. Can I still sue for back child support?

If I can sue for the back child support what information do I need to do so?

Cheryl Powell
Cheryl Powell answered on Sep 30, 2020

No. That money was for your mother to help her financially. It was not and never will be your money. But if there is a back child support order, your mother can sue him for it.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Illinois on
Q: i want to live with boyfreind i want to emancipate myself we had a kid but lost him im 15 i stuggle with mom i work

me and my boyfreind want to get an appartment i want to emancipate myself at 15 and a few months when ive been stuggeling with my mom for 3 years knew my bf for a year and months dont feel comfterable with my step dad i work and my boyfreind works when i was pregnant my mom put alot of stress and... Read more »

Cheryl Powell
Cheryl Powell answered on Sep 22, 2020

It is rare for a 15 year old to get emancipated. You do not say how old the bf is.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Illinois on
Q: What can I expect to happen in court?

My ex-wife and her husband received TANF a few months back and now the state it coming after me for child support. Even though our divorce papers state that we agreed to neither of us paying child support or any sort of alimony. She said she is not going to be able to make it to our court hearing... Read more »

Cheryl Powell
Cheryl Powell answered on Sep 22, 2020

Typically, you are sued by the Illinois Department of Human Services. They are not required to recognize your court order and can modify it.

Her presence id not required.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Illinois on
Q: I received a petition to determine the existence of the father and child relationship what happens now?
Cheryl Powell
Cheryl Powell answered on Sep 21, 2020

You should respond to the petition. File your response with the circuit clerk. See a lawyer.

This petition likely concerns parentage, parenting time, parenting responsibilities, child support and who claims the child on taxes. It could also be about health insurance and health expenses...
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2 Answers | Asked in Divorce, Family Law and Child Support for Illinois on
Q: Will my ex changing attorneys slow down a divorce agreement modification petition?

Illinois. 3 year old divorce agreement, seeking modification due to extreme change in circumstances, (massive income loss due to Covid19). My ex is going to hire a "more aggressive attorney". I currently pay her several hundred dollars a month MORE than what my income is.

J. Richard Kulerski Esq.
J. Richard Kulerski Esq. answered on Sep 14, 2020

The court has the discretion to make your new support obligation retroactive to the date that you filed your Petition to Modify. If the court does so, then any time lost because of a new attorney would not be an issue.

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1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Illinois on
Q: Can two states take out child support for the same child?

Child was born in Illinois. Both parents lived in illinois and child support order was established in illinois. Custodial parent moved to Mississippi and opened up another case for the same child. Mississippi issued an order of withholding at the same time Illinois was also collecting. Now the... Read more »

Cheryl Powell
Cheryl Powell answered on Sep 9, 2020

Can they? Yes. Should they? No. You need to have a lawyer in Mississippi dismiss the case there. If your child support amount in Illinois needs to be revisited, you need to do that here.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Child Support for Illinois on
Q: Lost my job and hearing isn't for a month, can I reduce support for my ex and daughters by filing letter with the court

I was laid off due to Corona virus and hearing is a month away. Can I submit a letter to the court proving my job loss and reduce support while I wait for hearing? I'm also ordered to cover insurance. How quickly do I need to provide new coverage?

J. Richard Kulerski Esq.
J. Richard Kulerski Esq. answered on Aug 30, 2020

The fact that you have a Hearing scheduled indicates that you filed a Petition/Motion to Modify. The Court, in its discretion, can retroactively relieve you of your support obligation dating back to the date that you filed the Petition/Motion.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Illinois on
Q: Mother moves child to another state without my permission and a court order

What do I do if my child's mother takes my child to move to another state without my permission and a court order and I’m paying child support?

Cheryl Powell
Cheryl Powell answered on Aug 28, 2020

You will need to hire a lawyer to have her brought back to court. Hopefully, you know where she is to have her served.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support and Domestic Violence for Illinois on
Q: I am a non custodial parent that is trying to get a court modification for child support and custody. Needing help.

Custodial parent and children live in kankakee

Juan Ooink
Juan Ooink answered on Aug 28, 2020

You need to hire a Family Law Attorney to assist you with this matter. The sooner you hire an attorney, the better.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Illinois on
Q: Im a 62 yr. old male. Who can help me with a 35 yr. old child support garnishment that threatens 60% of my SSI?
Cheryl Powell
Cheryl Powell answered on Aug 26, 2020

Call legal services in your area.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Child Support for Illinois on
Q: My daughter has a hearing disability and ADD. She turned 18 in sept 2018, and graduated high school in child support

Continued but now is mentioning overpayment for her paid back. She is in community college, will he be granted me to pay the overpayment si CE she has a handicap and is in college currently still living at home with me, not sure if she can be on her own.

J. Richard Kulerski Esq.
J. Richard Kulerski Esq. answered on Aug 13, 2020

The answer to your question lies entirely on the extent of the child's disability, which you have not adequately described. I suggest you at least get a medical opinion. You should know that you have the right to petition the court to get your ex to contribute to your child's living... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Support and Civil Litigation for Illinois on
Q: I am legally separated. My husband's ex-wife wants me to contribute to their child's college tuition.

My husband and I have been legally separated for 9 months, we do not have children together. He has a child from a previous marriage and the mother of the child wants me to contribute to paying for the child's post-secondary education.

Can the mother make\request the court to do that?... Read more »

George W. Svoboda
George W. Svoboda answered on Aug 10, 2020

You state that you can't afford an attorney, but you are being asked to contribute to a college fund. You are going to need to pay somebody. It's probably less expensive in the long run to hire the attorney. Seek out a free consultation and ask for a cost estimate.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Child Support for Illinois on
Q: The mother of my child is taking me to qourt for child support what can I do to get out of it I just got out of prison
Cheryl Powell
Cheryl Powell answered on Aug 9, 2020

Oftentimes, judges will order you to get a job, come back with a document you filled out showing that you applied at 20 places per month, etc. You have a child and you have a legal obligation to support that child. There are many companies who hire convcited felons.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Child Support for Illinois on
Q: My child is 7 years old his father and I were never married and we separated for years ago due to him lying and cheating

I recently filed for cash assistance which of course now they're taking him to court for child support rumor has it he's going to fight me and try to get custody of our son what is the likeliness of him gaining custody. I have record of several times he did not show up for his weekends to... Read more »

Cheryl Powell
Cheryl Powell answered on Aug 4, 2020

The primary caretaker of the chil is usually awarded the most parenting time. He will get some parenting time if he requests it.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Illinois on
Q: 2 different versions of a Joint Parenting Agreement. One has the courts stamp on it with the date and case number,

and the other does not. How do I know which one is on file and approved by the court. Divorce was 5 years ago but now I'm looking at one version and my ex is looking at the other version. There are big differences between them.

James G. Ahlberg
James G. Ahlberg answered on Jul 30, 2020

If one copy is stamped "Filed" by the appropriate Circuit Court Clerk, it's a pretty safe bet it's the one that is in force (unless there has been a modified one filed later). The unstamped copy is probably a rough draft copy exchanged between the attorneys when they were trying... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody, Child Support and Juvenile Law for Illinois on
Q: if a 40 year old man impregnated a 13 year old and she gave birth to that baby and no one else knows what would happen?

The man (40) is the child’s (13) mother’s boyfriend (my father)

Cheryl Powell
Cheryl Powell answered on Jul 30, 2020

No one else knows??? The baby will be born in a hospital. Everyone will know. It will be questioned. The mother is probably on a medicaid card.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support and Family Law for Illinois on
Q: My daughters mother will not let me see my child unless I pay her. We have no court order and she wouldn’t let me sign

The birth certificate. Does she have a right to keep my child away from me? She won’t even let me speak to her on the phone. I don’t have a lot of money. What’s my best course of action, for getting custody/visitation, and getting my name on the birth certificate. I live in Will County, Illinois.

Cheryl Powell
Cheryl Powell answered on Jul 28, 2020

You need to file a parentage action in Will County. First you have to establish that you are the father, before you have any right to custody or visitation, now called parenting rights and responsibilities. So yes, until you are established, she has the right to keep your child away from you.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Illinois on
Q: Can you receive child support if the parent is not working?
Cheryl Powell
Cheryl Powell answered on Jul 25, 2020

Maybe $40/month and a court order to look for work.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Illinois on
Q: I’m a legal guardian to my 12 year old niece can I file child support on her parents? And if I have no address or phone#

No address or # for the parents

Cheryl Powell
Cheryl Powell answered on Jul 25, 2020

Yes, you can, but you need to find them first and know that they are working. If you cannot prove that they are working, you are wasting your time and money. A pi can help you find them.

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