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  • How do i file for divorce married with no children no properties?

    Got married 2005 and got separated 2007 still married and want to get divorce!

    Michael’s Answer

    You may want to inquire if you qualify for a joint simplified divorce. See 750 ILCS 5/451.

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  • 5 months pregnant, married and want to move out of state. How do I begin this process?

    I am currently five months pregnant and I want to seperate from my husband or divorce him. He is temporarily employed and I work close to full time. I pay half the bills at our home. He is emotionally and psychologically abusive. He has wanted div...

    Michael’s Answer

    The decision about the timing of an out-of state move is complex; it cannot be answered in this forum. Each case is different. You need to consult with an attorney.

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  • Will I get arrested for a false oath?

    The day before child support, I was let go from me job on a misunderstanding. The day of child support, I told them I was unemployed but after court my boss called me to inform me that I could come back because it was a misunderstanding. What will...

    Michael’s Answer

    I agree with the others. However I would carefully review all the paperwork from the court as you may be under an obligation to inform the court or the payee of your employment.

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  • How is child support calculated?

    My daughter is 7 the non custodial parent and his wife just had a baby. Our child support case is 7yrs old (never modified) how would it be calculated since there a new baby now? I know its 20% for one and 28% of His income for two kids, but since...

    Michael’s Answer

    I agree with Michael. This development will not result in a modification of child support.

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  • Child support

    I want to know how to stop child support. My daughter biological father has been paying since he was ordered to do so, but I feel that his help is no longer needed. I also want sole custody of my daughter. He had visitation in 2013, but he moved a...

    Michael’s Answer

    I doubt a court would stop the support, and why would you want to do that? It may not be worthwhile to modify the custody at this time, as the father is not even involved. If you start up, it may only get him to act. Plus, why spend the money if he is not interfering with you and the kids?

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  • Can I get a divorce without being involved with my husband?

    My husband and I have been married for am.most 3 years, but separated the past year. He is mentally, emotionally and verbally abusive. We got into an altercation where the children were frightened. My husband is also an alcoholic. Is there anyway ...

    Michael’s Answer

    You describe a case that may be very complex and difficult. You may also need an order of protection. It is impossible to address all your questions in this forum. You need to consult with an attorney in your area.

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  • How to get an ex to stop using my last name and change it to her own.

    I have been divorced for about ten years now and the ex refuses to stop using my last name for no reason.

    Michael’s Answer

    When you married, if she took your surname it became hers. If she wants to change it, it is her decision, you cannot compel her to do it.

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  • My ex husband wants to claim my kids every year on his taxes and keep what he gets back. Can he do that?

    Will a judge order him to give me half?

    Michael’s Answer

    Much more information is required. Is there a divorce case? If not, are you and your husband filing separately? With whom do the kids live? Who provides their support? ........

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  • Do I need a lawyer?

    There's way too much to say after 20 years! What if I don't have the money for a lawyer? I have had a couple consults and they want at least $1000 to even start. He holds money back from me all the time if I say anything about anything.

    Michael’s Answer

    You do not set forth enough facts to make a determination of the complexity of your case. Therefore, I cannot say if you need a lawyer. However, if you have been married for 20 years, it is probable that you should have one. A retainer of $1,000 is very reasonable, but if you cannot afford it, contact some not-for profit legal aid groups to see if they can help.

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  • How do I request pay stubs for child support calculations?

    Need to request child support from ex

    Michael’s Answer

    I agree with Judy. I also suggest looking at the local court rules for your county. Some require the exchange of income information when a request for support is made.

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