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  • I am being fired/ "replaced" because i missed days due to a pregnancy related issues

    I am being fired/ "replaced" because i missed days due to a pregnancy related issue and they wanted proof of my issue from my doctor but i never brought it because other employees got ahold of me on facebook saying that my position has been replac...

    Thomas’s Answer

    You absolutely need to seek out counsel if you are unable to reconcile this issue with your employer. I would get in to see your doctor immediately and obtain a note for the employer this week. If that doesn't work to save your job, competent employment counsel should be hired.

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  • My daughter is almost 18, hates visitation, and has wanted to stop going for several years. When can she stop going in Illinois?

    She will be 18 in a few days, is mentally/physically competent, and will graduate from high school in a few months. For years now, I have told her that because there's a court order, I have to enforce it until she's an adult. Am I obligated to enf...

    Thomas’s Answer

    Your daughter has no legal obligation to attend court ordered visitation upon her 18th birthday. Some courts will seek to have parents continue to encourage the visits so long as the child is in high school, however, that does not come with a legal obligation. Further, at 18, most courts would not fault you if she elected not to go as at her age her opinion is considered and weighed.

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  • What should I do?

    My son father and I have joint custody . My son is with his dad for a couple of weeks for summer vacation. I called to speak with my son and the phone is disconnected. We're currently gong to court because he wants sole custody and the judge order...

    Thomas’s Answer

    Ask police to perform awellness check and confirm a phone number for you to use.

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  • Child custody - what is the role of a GAL?

    Is a GAL an "expert witness" or a "lay witness"? I received a witness list and the GAL is listed as an expert. I think that might be too prejudicial to my case.

    Thomas’s Answer

    GAL's are appointed by the court to represent the child's interests. They are attorneys for the child. Typically they are appointed when the children are smaller and unable to adequately express themselves. The GAL issues a report to the court after their investigation and also can testify at a trial. You ought to have counsel representing you in a matter of custody as the stakes are too high to not do so no matter the financial cost.

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  • Should I seek a second opinion in my child custody case ? Get a different lawyer for the upcoming trial?

    Long story short I have pretty much lost residential custody of my son who is three. The GAL has made up her mind that it is in the best interest of my son that he live with his mom. My current lawyer says that if I do not agree I can take it to...

    Thomas’s Answer

    A second opinion is important. Some lawyers are uncomfortable going to trial or don't have the requisite skill. This is too important a life decision. And, don't make the price of the lawyer an option. You usually get what you pay for.

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  • Divorce decree & Child support question

    I've been divorced 12 years ago and have 3 children from my former marriage On my divorce decree, it states that the mother shall provide medical insurance for the kids from her job. About 3 years ago my employer started deducting for family ins...

    Thomas’s Answer

    Don't feel bad that you haven't done anything to this point, but don't wait any longer. A competent lawyer should be able to quickly and efficiently modify the improper withholding order that is apparently in place and to make provisions for amending past returns. You're in good shape with the right help.

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  • Children's camp payment question

    Ex-H has paid his half of overnight camp for the last 2 years. This year he says he can't pay. Judge loosely stated he doesn't have to pay, although this was not put into writing. I at least expect him to pay half the amount it would have cost...

    Thomas’s Answer

    There is no fathomable reason to hire counsel, pursue this matter through litigation, or cause yourself anymore emotional distress over $300. If your children still have a number of years of minority remaining, the best path would be to hire counsel and seek to modify the terms of your Judgment to better address camp.

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  • I am going through a divorce and would like to get the house. How can I do this if my soon-to-be ex is being difficult about it?

    I decided to divorce my husband because he has antisocial personality disorder. He has been fired from 3 jobs, and he is very verbally abusive to me and my daughter. I asked him to leave our home but he refused, so then I decided to leave with my ...

    Thomas’s Answer

    Allow experienced counsel to guide you. After I educate my clients at the initial consultation they almost always walk more relaxed and understanding of the process. You retaining the house is a process. It may be relatively easy mechanically, assuming it is practical for you to retain. An experienced lawyer will tell you what makes sense and how best to accomplish your goals.

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  • Will my past as a sex worker affect my ability to keep custody of my child?

    I quit before I became pregnant, and now my son is a year old. I've been his sole caretaker, and therefore not working for the last 2 years. My ex says that my past, as well as my lack of economic stability means he is likely to get custody.

    Thomas’s Answer

    Focus on your current and recent history as a parent. Getting the proper education from an attorney will put you at ease. Find someone you are comfortable with or who has exemplary client reviews.

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  • Vacatur of Divorce Judgment in IL

    The judgement that was entered in my divorce is incorrect. I was told to send the document with my changes, which where slight and mutually agreed upon, which I did, however when my spouses attorney presented it to the judge (I was told by my form...

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    If you are within the first 30 days after entry of your judgment you can still seek to have it vacated. But, if you and your ex agree that the final version that you signed and had entered contained mutual mistakes, you should ask your counsel to prepare a proposed agreed order correcting the errors. This will technically require the filing of a motion if more than 30 days have passed even if it is by agreement, but some judges won't make you do that if there is an agreement.

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