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Debra J Braselton
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  • How do I get my alcoholic abusive husband to live elsewhere?

    Everything is mine, the house, the cars, and I have a rock solid prenup stating so. We've been married 5 1/2 years and I have a 17 yr old daughter who lives with us (from my other marriage) and a 3 1/2 yr old daughter with him. He is extremely v...

    Debra’s Answer

    Consult with a divorce attorney. As long as you are still legally married to him, your assets are at risk if, for example, he kills or injures someone while driving drunk. Further, debts incurred during the marriage are still marital debts. Do you know what debts he may be accruing? Getting him out of the house may give you temporary peace but dissolving the marriage and your legal responsibility for him is the only way you'll be truly secure.

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  • Can a divorced woman who legally changes her name continue to use her married name?

    Can my ex-wife, who went to court and was granted a name change back to her maiden name continue to use her married name if she wishes?

    Debra’s Answer

    Not as her legal name.

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  • How do I get a quick divorce?

    We have been separated for about 9 years now. I have 2 kids,17 and 19. He is verbally abusive to them. Even though they live with him, I pay for the kids needs more than he does. He was never involved with the 19 year olds schooling and still isn'...

    Debra’s Answer

    See counsel from an experienced divorce lawyer practicing in the county in which you or your spouse reside. The court will be able to decide the appropriate custody and residential circumstances for the 17 year old (who is still a minor and under the jurisdiction of the court) and to decide issues of college expenses payment for the 19 year old (if a student).

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  • Is it possible to get an adoption vacated based on fraud?

    Child was adopted in '99. Bio-Father was listed as unknown in adoption filings. Father legally established paternity in '06. Adoptive patitioner was always aware of the identity and whereabouts of Bio-Father. Can this adoption be vacated on the gr...

    Debra’s Answer

    In Illinois, no adoption can be set aside more than 12 months after entry of final judgement. If jurisdiction over the father was lacking at the time of entry of judgment, it is possible that the judgment could be attacked on those grounds. The bio father should seek counsel of an experienced adoption attorney practicing in the county in which the adoption was finalized.

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  • Can I get a legal seperation in Illinois while I am still living with my wife?

    wen are both Living together and have just decided to seperate

    Debra’s Answer

    In Illinois, the parties must live apart in order for a Judgment for Legal Separation to be granted.

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  • I want to adopt my little sisters baby, how do i do that?

    she is about 7 months pregnant and wants me to have the baby, what are the steps.

    Debra’s Answer

    Find an experienced adoption attorney by contacting your local bar association for a referral. In order for an adoption to be granted, the child must first be "available" for adoption, meaning that the rights of all legal parents must be terminated.

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  • What is the difference between a legal separation and a divorce

    i would like to know the difference between a legal separation and a divorce.

    Debra’s Answer

    A legal separation does not dissolve the bonds of matrimony - the parties remain legally married.
    A divorce dissolves the bonds of matrimony.
    Both processes must address spousal and child support needs.
    A divorce must also address division of marital property and allocation of debt.

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