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Wes Cowell

Chicago Divorce / Separation Lawyer.

Contributor Level 19
  1. My husband both have grown children from previous marriages. do we need seperate wills?

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Judy A. Goldstein
    2. Wes Cowell
    3. Roger William Stelk
    4. David A. Semmelman
    5. Christine Coffman Karr
    6. ···
    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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  2. 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 8 months 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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  3. What can we charge them with?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

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

    Bigamy is a crime in IL (I assume your father is in Illinois). Your mother would have a cause of action for support both for herself and the children. A few questions: 1) when did all this happen, and 2) are there resources available to afford the litigation?

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  4. Been married to someone for less than a month. Her behavior became odd and I want out. Can I go and file annulment on my own ?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Peggy M. Raddatz
    2. Wes Cowell
    3. Judy A. Goldstein
    4. Christopher Daniel Leroi
    4 lawyer answers

    Same question = same answer: Hire a lawyer.

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  5. Is There's. A Way. U Can get A Pro BONO LAWYER TO HELP WITH A DIVORCED. IM ON. S S D AND BROKE IN. CHICAGO ILL PLEASE HELP

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Judy A. Goldstein
    2. Gary L. Schlesinger
    3. Wes Cowell
    4. Joseph Andrew Brabender IV
    4 lawyer answers

    This is a long term marriage and, perhaps, you should consider seeking financial assistance from your spouse as part of the divorce.

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  6. If I am on the medical card is the father automatically reliable for half of birth/ hospital bills?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Wes Cowell
    2. Sara R. Howard
    3. Michael R. Stetler
    4. Robert J Adams Jr.
    4 lawyer answers

    Congratulations on the impending addition! No, the father is not automatically responsible for half the medical expenses. There is a way under Illinois, however, that he could possibly be responsible for ALL of the expenses related to the birth. You should hire a lawyer. Just as an aside, if he won't communicate with you, how do you know "he states he wants a part of child's life?"

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  7. Is alimony granted in the State of Illinois?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Charles Shinkle Watson
    2. Wes Cowell
    3. J. Richard Kulerski
    4. Elizabeth Marie Vonau
    4 lawyer answers

    You should probably stop taking legal advice from your spouse and family. Hire a lawyer and get some real legal advice. You don't give enough information to allow an attorney to answer your question about whether you'll have to pay maintenance. Below are some legal articles that may help answer some of your questions, but CALL A LAWYER.

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  8. How can i stop this child support

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Wes Cowell
    2. Gary L. Schlesinger
    3. Jenet Gonzalez Pequeno
    4. Joseph Pierce O'Brien
    5. Andrew J. Harger
    5 lawyer answers

    There's only one step to take: hire a lawyer. The support will keep slipping away from you until a judge orders it to stop. That won't happen until you file the proper papers with the court. That won't happen until you hire a lawyer. So . . . you know what needs to be done.

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  9. How much can I expect to pay in legal fees for an uncontested divorce?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Wes Cowell
    2. Judy A. Goldstein
    3. Ray Choudhry
    4. Joseph Pierce O'Brien
    5. A J. Williams
    5 lawyer answers

    Some "uncontested" cases costs a few hundred dollars; others cost several thousand dollars -- it depends on the size of the estate, the complexity of the agreement, and where things stand in negotiations. To most couples, "uncontested" means they don't fight anything out in court. They might fight and argue and haggle over a lot of things (like, for instance, how much child support one should pay to the other, or who gets the nicer car) but, as long as they never have to take the witness...

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  10. Need to know what we can do with our options right now, Can she legally keep him from us? Can't afford a lawyer yet.

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Wes Cowell
    2. Gary L. Schlesinger
    3. Peggy M. Raddatz
    3 lawyer answers

    There is no solution until you save up money. Saving up the money to get into court IS the solution. The S/A will not help you, here.

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