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Angela D. Henderson

Angela Henderson’s Answers

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  • Can my 13 year old deny visitation with his father?

    My son is 13 years old and has never met his father because he was incarcerated before his birth for narcotics. His father got out on parrol in May of last year and now wants visitation. My son is not only uninterested in meeting his biological fa...

    Angela’s Answer

    The legal age for a child to refuse court ordered visitation is 18. There is a rumor that a child of the age of 12, 13, or fourteen can refuse visitation. Not so. If the bio father has been determined the legal father, visitation will probably proceed in a "stair step" fashion. That is: lunch at the mall on Saturday for 4-6 weeks then every Saturday for 6 hours for 4-6 weeks then maybe one overnight every other weekend for a period of time, etc. The stair stepping into regular visitation is the goal so as to not cause the child undue stress. By the way, usually fathers who are not really interested in getting to know their child will give up before taking stair steps. Unfortunate as each child should have some familiarity with each parent as long as the child is safe.

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  • Does he have "father's rights" if he has been absent for 6 years and is now incarcerated (since 2012)?

    I filed for child support when she was 2, he last seen her when she was 3 and hasn't tried to build a relationship with her until now; now that he has all the time to think about his wrong doings. She is now 9. He has paid child support maybe les...

    Angela’s Answer

    You may want to consider adoption once you are married. The state can terminate his rights for failure to maintain contact or provide support for the child.

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  • My ex-husband just informed me that he is going back to school, leaving a $200,000 paying job in this economy. He is voluntarily

    quitting his job to go back to school. Our divorce is not even one year old yet. And to get him to pay child support it was an up-hill battle where he gave false social security numbers, and the judge had to put him in contempt before he was f...

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    A voluntary reduction in income for the purpose of paying less child support will not be allowed. If he can prove he quit his job to get better employment (as in getting a higher degree that pays more) then a reduction could be allowed. (I can't think of many degrees that would result in higher income than he was already getting, though.)

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  • Is there anything I can do to stop paying child support for a child that's not mine. Can I sue the mother of the child?

    Ive been paying child support for ten years trying to get it off.

    Angela’s Answer

    The only way around the legal parentage is if a guardian ad litem is appointed and the GAL believes it is in the child's best interest then the child MAY have the ability to re-examine paternity. You need a very sophisticated lawyer to TRY to undo parentage after the time allowed to address the issue.

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  • How can i fix support and insurance based on court ordered?

    Based on a court ordered issued by cook county judge. My daughter gets set amount weekly. Private insurance frm her dad and 3 days visitation weekly. Plus he is to pay sitter when he cancels visitation. Well he left his job waited a few wks reappl...

    Angela’s Answer

    You said he "reapplied". If you mean he reapplied for a job with the same company, then just send them a copy of the withholding order (certified mail).

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  • Can I go back for modification of child support again even though I just did in 2012?

    My ex got a new job since our last child support modification and is now making more money and gets bonuses. Is it too soon to take him back since I just did in May 2012? He tells me you can not go back for modification so soon.

    Angela’s Answer

    In Will County there is not the necessity of showing a 20% change in income to modify child support.

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  • Do I need to send notice to my ex's employer for change in child support?

    I represent myself, and the judge just ordered for my child support to go up. Do I need to send the income withholding to his employer, or does something happen automatically? If I need to send the income withholding, how do I get the employer inf...

    Angela’s Answer

    The employer's information should be on the withholding order. No one will find that information for you unless you are using the state child enforcement services.

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  • Can a Child Protective caseworker be sued?

    I believe and have many peices of edvidence that my civil rights and human rights and my child's IDEA rights have been violated by caseworkers working for Child Protective Services. Since the agency it self can no way shape or form ever be sued.

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    Case workers have certain immunities from lawsuits arising from their duties. If they are acting outside their duties they might be sued. You really would need a lawyer's help to sort it out.

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  • Should my husbands threats towards my children be taken seriously?

    Last night, my husband got angry at my two children and threatened to put them outside for the night. Today, he is saying again that he will put the children (age 6 and 9) outside for the night. I don't know if he's joking or not. I told him to s...

    Angela’s Answer

    You sound unsure of whether or not he would do it. In case you are hesitant in following the good advice above, please know that if they are left outside for 5 minutes they would DIE and you and he would be guilty of their death. You might consider counseling for yourself because your husband has overpowered what you know is right. Teach your children that you have their best interest at heart but not letting them live in this fear.

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