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  • What rights do I have as a parent concerning doctor decisions?

    My wife's nephew, who she has full guardianship of, is in the hospital and my wife and I feel the doctors are not listening to our concerns, and it always seems things have to get critical before the problems are addressed.

    Peggy’s Answer

    Your wife is the guardian and not you. She can make decisions. Neither of you are parents. If the doctors are not listening to her she may need to return to court for a more specifically worded order regarding medical directives in his specific case.

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  • The father of my child has had nothin to do with our son never met him but wants the child to have his last name? Can I fight it

    I finally got prof of paternity of my sons father to prove he's my sons biological father him and his lawyers sent me a letter stating he wants joint custody, visitation, and my sons last name changed from mine to his. Can I fight this, if so how?

    Peggy’s Answer

    Yes you can "fight" the name change and the custody. What you need is a lawyer to represent you in this matter. This is not a proper forum to explain step by step procedures in the court nor do any of us have s crystal ball. You will feel more like you are on a level playing field if you have your own lawyer explaining the process and negotiating for you. If you and he do not agree it will be decided on what is "in the child's best interests."

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  • Can I do a home dna test?

    Is there any way we can do this without the courts? If so, & he comes up to be the father he can sign and etc if not can we agree upon a denial of paternity at court and just get this over with? So I can finally move on with my life! I'm just read...

    Peggy’s Answer

    If the putative father agrees to a home DNA test then that is fine but if the test is to used in court you have to do a DNza testing source that the court will recognize. You may end up wasting your money.

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  • Does my husband have to pay maintenance even though it was not approved the first time?

    My husband is going through an ugly custody battle. He has two children and his ex wife has residential custody. She moved to Atlanta. While in our care of the children, she was harassing us. It's to the point to where we had to get an arrest warr...

    Peggy’s Answer

    If there is a court order stating he must pay maintenance then he must. He should be asking his lawyer about his case and orders which we don't know the facts of nor have the orders to review. Whatever he has to do hisbkawyercshould advise him.

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  • Does the parent that files for temporary custody first usually get it?

    I filed for divorce and joint custody and then my husband went behind my back got a lawyer and filed for temporary custody. My husband keeps telling me because he filed first that the court will automatically grant him temporary custody.

    Peggy’s Answer

    No. The court will hold a hearing and determine which parent will get Temporary Custody. Stop listening to your husband who is bullying you and talk to your lawyer. If you have none you better get one to represent you. There are a myriad of options available to parents in your situation. Often these matters are determined through negotiation of lawyers and Agreed Orders .

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  • Can I change my roofer pensions from exwife to my son as beneficiary. Was told that whom was selected at time of retirement was

    Final

    Peggy’s Answer

    Everything will depend on what your divorce papers say about your pension. If your ex was awarded the marital portion then she is going to get that. You may still be able to name your child as the beneficiary of your portion but you need to contact the plan administrator of the pension. You should also call your divorce lawyer.

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  • How do i reopen my DCFS case

    I have never been arrested but I have 3 wonderful kids I m 28years old and I have a letter from Dcfs that there was no evidence of neglect and abuse and I would like to know how to reopen my case

    Peggy’s Answer

    I am not sure why you would want to reopen your case when there was a finding of no neglect or abuse? If there was an "unfounded" determination then it is over and you need not reopen. If there was a finding of "founded" then hire a DCFS defense lawyer.

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  • Can my mom fight for the house even if it's not in her name ?

    My mom wants a divorce from my dad , and my dad keeps saying he's not going to pay the bills anymore. They have been married for 20 yrs . I nor my sister don't want to leave the house because we grew up on it and plus we don't have family nearby ...

    Peggy’s Answer

    It's not really appropriate to discuss your parent's divorce with their child. You do not state if you are an adult or not. You should tell your mother to go to consult with a divorce lawyer ASAP. Just because you and your sibling want to stay in the marital home is mot why your mother should stay. There are many financial issues regarding the home to consider. These are issues your mother needs to make without the children being involved.

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  • Hi, My son is 18 and will graduate H.S. at end of month. Can I get ex-husband to continue to pay child support?

    We have been divorced for 15 years. Ex owns his own business. He got support decreased about a year after the divorce. He's remarried to a nurse. I would like to increase the support as well as extend it. My son will be going to Harper College and...

    Peggy’s Answer

    Under the law child support ends at 18 or graduation from high school whichever occurs last but not ever past 19. You must file a petition for contribution to college expenses . Do it soon because you will have trouble getting it retroactively. As to whether the internship will effect his contribution I cannot answer that because there are too many missing facts here. Consult a lawyer in person who handles family law and college contribution cases.

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  • Husband brought his mentally ill son to our home. His son bi polar, schizophrenic. Also a felon. I need him out.

    stepson 26. Has been in jail numerous times. He is on probation now from DuPage County. He recently was arrested for shoplifting in Cook Co. None of the halfway homes will take him due to arson on his record. He was staying in a Sober Living ...

    Peggy’s Answer

    You called your lawyer and you need to talk to her/him about this issue. Until then call the police if necessary. You may be able to oust him with an Order of Protection. There really are not enough facts here to advise you further. If you think you will be harmed while you are alone in the home I suggest fleeing temporarily to a safe haven until you get this worked out. The Internet is really not the place to seek answers. Use the lawyer you already have to help you solve this emergency . Call first thing tomorrow and talk to her/him.

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