Wes Cowell’s Answers

Wes Cowell

Chicago Divorce / Separation Lawyer.

Contributor Level 18
  1. My husband moved away from the house about 6 months ago and I would like to file a divorce.

    Answered 6 months ago.

    1. Wes Cowell
    2. Thomas O. Moens
    3. Peggy Margaret Raddatz
    4. Joseph Pierce O'Brien
    5. Andrew J. Harger
    6. ···
    6 lawyer answers

    You will probably have to disclose the sale. You may have to share some money. You need to work with an attorney on this.

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  2. Is my house considered a martial property or my property?

    Answered 5 months ago.

    1. Judy A. Goldstein
    2. Wes Cowell
    3. Curtis Bennett Ross
    4. J. Richard Kulerski
    5. Joseph Pierce O'Brien
    5 lawyer answers

    The house is almost certainly marital property. Hire a lawyer -- you've got too much on the table to risk it by just winging in on your own.

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  3. Can I get legally separated but still live in same household?

    Answered 8 months ago.

    1. Wes Cowell
    2. Elizabeth Marie Vonau
    3. Peggy Margaret Raddatz
    4. James M. Quigley
    4 lawyer answers

    First, you're barking up the wrong tree. Second, You have no idea how tricky a question this is. The magic words are "living separate and apart." A few divorce cases have interpreted that to mean that you may live under the same roof, so long as you don't act like husband and wife: You don't go out together, you don't join the same bowling league, etc. We have plenty of client who get divorced and then continue to live together. One legal separation case, however, said that's not good...

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  4. Can I get a contract drawn up with my husband before we divorce.

    Answered 11 months ago.

    1. Wes Cowell
    2. Andrea Medlock Harvey
    3. Peggy Margaret Raddatz
    4. Ray Choudhry
    5. James Anthony Palmisano
    5 lawyer answers

    If you have a lawyer and you're wondering "if she could draw up some type of contract" . . . WHY DON'T YOU ASK HER?

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  5. Can i legally move my daughter out of IL

    Answered 11 months ago.

    1. Wes Cowell
    2. Peggy Margaret Raddatz
    3. J. Richard Kulerski
    3 lawyer answers

    You can move out of state, no problem. You cannot take the child with you, however, without trouble. The time has come to hire an attorney and get things straightened out. You shouldn't have a problem getting a court order allowing you to move out-of-Illinois with the child; but that's what you need to do: get a court order. To get the court order, you should work with an attorney. To work with an attorney, you should make some phone calls. Wes Cowell 312-987-9999

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  6. What are my rights with respect to a timely divorce? I have spent $23500 on attorney fees and my husband is pro se.

    Answered 11 months ago.

    1. Conor Edmond Malloy
    2. Wes Cowell
    3. Peggy Margaret Raddatz
    4. Judy A. Goldstein
    5. Dean George Tsourakis
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    8 lawyer answers

    There's no right to a timely divorce -- it's not like a criminal defendant's right to a speedy trial. Divorce cases sometimes take longer, sometimes shorter. I've seen cases last anywhere from a few days, to several years (seven years was the longest one I was ever involved with). Get a second opinion. Facing a pro se litigant, it would seem to me your case should be on a timeline of a few months. Longer than that and it sounds fishy. Make some calls to attorneys who offer second...

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  7. Divorce lawyer filed to pull out and divorce is almost over!!

    Answered 12 months ago.

    1. Ralanda Webb
    2. Tamara Anne Marshall
    3. Wes Cowell
    4. Andrea Medlock Harvey
    5. Joseph Andrew Brabender IV
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    I hope you're not saying that your trying to discharge your divorce lawyer's fees in bankruptcy court and wan the divorce layer to continue to represent you in the divorce case. Why is she seeking to withdraw? Just remedy the problem. I suspect she is withdrawing because you owe her money, right? If so, pay her and she'll almost certainly stay with you. You can't expect her to work without getting paid. So, what's the problem between you two?

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  8. Can you ask for cell phone bills during the divorce discovery process ?

    Answered 12 months ago.

    1. Wes Cowell
    2. Thomas O. Moens
    3. Peggy Margaret Raddatz
    3 lawyer answers

    Of course.

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  9. My husband both have grown children from previous marriages. do we need seperate wills?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Judy A. Goldstein
    2. Wes Cowell
    3. Roger William Stelk
    4. David A. Semmelman
    5. Christine Coffman Karr
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    7 lawyer answers

    This will probably be teh very first question to be answered by the attorney you meet with to prepare your will(s). If you don't want ot pay an attorney, and intend to prepare your will(s) yourselves using an online service, you can try asking them for advice, but I know of only one such service that employs attorneys to answer legal questions free-of-charge. You're probably better off meeting with an attorney face-to-face.

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  10. Hi my daughter is three and this guy who is obsessed with me is trying to take me to court for a paternity test of her

    Answered about 1 month ago.

    1. Wes Cowell
    2. Ashonta Cherron Rice
    3. Judy A. Goldstein
    4. Joseph Pierce O'Brien
    4 lawyer answers

    Unless you've already established paternity, yes, you'll have to go along with his request about hte DNA test. The better course, here, would be to establish paternity with the biological father and use that ruling to defeat the obsessed one's claim. Assuming you've already established paternity with the real father, just point out that fact to the court. If you've not yet established paternity with the biological father, you need to. What are you waiting for?

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