Wes Cowell’s Answers

Wes Cowell

Chicago Divorce / Separation Lawyer.

Contributor Level 18
  1. What can we charge them with?

    Answered 12 months ago.

    1. Wes Cowell
    2. Peggy Margaret 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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  2. 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 8 months ago.

    1. Peggy Margaret 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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  3. 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 9 months 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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  4. If I am on the medical card is the father automatically reliable for half of birth/ hospital bills?

    Answered 9 months 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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  5. Is alimony granted in the State of Illinois?

    Answered 10 months 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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  6. How can i stop this child support

    Answered 8 months 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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  7. How much can I expect to pay in legal fees for an uncontested divorce?

    Answered 11 months 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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  8. 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 about 1 year ago.

    1. Wes Cowell
    2. Gary L. Schlesinger
    3. Peggy Margaret 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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  9. Is it better to have a prenup done in America or have a Thai prenup if we are getting married in America? What holds up better?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Carl Michael Shusterman
    2. Wes Cowell
    3. Judy A. Goldstein
    4. Dhenu Mitesh Savla
    5. Samuel Patrick Ouya Maina
    6. ···
    6 lawyer answers

    I don't know what a "Thai Prenup" is, so I may not be giving you a fully-informed answer. Assuming, eventually, the prenup possibly would be enforced or contested in an American court, then it would probably be best to have it crafted under American laws. If you anticipate the agreement may eventually be needed in the Thai legal system, then it should probably be crafted with an eye toward those laws and norms. Prenups from other lands usually are valid and enforceable in the U.S. -- so...

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  10. If I filed a petition for maintenance can I amend it & refile?

    Answered 19 days ago.

    1. Michael Scott Schiffman
    2. Wes Cowell
    3. Dean Taradash
    4. David Matthew Gotzh
    5. Michael B. Dedio
    5 lawyer answers

    Yes; petitions are amended all the time. Talk with your lawyer. If you don't have a lawyer; hire one.

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