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Wes Cowell

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  • How difficult is it to move within the state but a few hours away?

    My ex is about $22k behind in child support. I have sole physical and legal custody but his visitation times are twice a month on a Wednesday for a few hours and every other Thursday through Sunday (too much if you ask me). My husband has a job op...

    Wes’s Answer

    It's not hard at all to move. There is a case: IRMO Means, that makes it very easy, in fact. Changing the parenting schedule shouldn't be hard either. Pick up the phone and call an attorney -- it's easy.

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  • Is it possible to order my ex to bring our children to their athletics?

    My ex will sign our children up for every sport under the sun during the same time they are already involved in sports in connection with their school. They have told him numerous times that they want to come to their games and practices but he wo...

    Wes’s Answer

    Your attorney is flat-out wrong.

    This extra-curricular activity stuff is a big thing in their lives and they deserve to have this straightened out right away. There IS a way to get this put into your custody agreement. There are several cases involving orders requiring a parent to deliver the children to extra-curricular activities. Your attorney is way off the mark.

    It's time for you to start looking for a second opinion.

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  • Ann I legally required to pay child support from the time we separate until we actually get a divorce?

    Recently separated, and my ex will not let me see my kids. I have been giving her money, but I want to know if they will go back to when we separated as to when I must start to pay child support. I would like to just put that money into an accoun...

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    No, she cannot go back in time to the date of separation to seek to collect child support. She can go back only so far as the filing of her papers requesting support.

    You should not put the money in an account for the kids.

    You should not use the money to do things with the kids.

    You should use the money to consult with a lawyer to map out a strategy to get you engaged and involved in your children's lives and to help you realize a secure financial future. Stop wasting yoru time (and money) and call a lawyer, today.

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  • Will I have any rights if I'm not the biological father?

    I'm the father to 5 year old twin girls, me and their mother were never married. They were born in Arizona and have lived with me in Chicago since they were 9 months olds and I have raised them with my parents help. We never took anything to court...

    Wes’s Answer

    I would just add that you need to act TODAY. Tomorrow may be too late. There are two cases you need to be aware of and talk with attorneys about: Scarlett and Mancine. Pick up the phone and call some attorneys to discuss your situation and how it fits within the Scarlett and Mancine cases.

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  • If you intend to bring in a document as proof at a hearing, do you have to send it to the other side prior to hearing?

    Family Law Cook county

    Wes’s Answer

    Only if they ask for it, beforehand. Tour lawyer will know how to handle it. If you don't have a lawyer, you should.

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  • Do Sibling have rights?

    I have a younger sibling that is only by my mom, we don't have the same dad she married and divorced his dad after my dad and her broke up. He is three, and I am 18. His father has custody and will not allow me to see him. My mom only has my br...

    Wes’s Answer

    Illinois law allows for visitation by "siblings." You are "half-siblings;" and there is no law for that.

    Judy is right. Talk with Mom about modifying the schedule so you two and the little one can spend some time together. This should be pretty easy.

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  • How can I get custody of my child back with being in court for almost 3 years?

    My case was featured on the news in Chicago. My ex and her boyfriend abused my child without my knowledge and at the moment I'm in juvenile court fighting for custody for almost 3 years. My ex took my child away from me when we broke up and I did...

    Wes’s Answer

    If you don't have a lawyer, you need one. If you do have a lawyer, you might want to speak with a different attorney to get a second opinion.

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  • Mom hit her 16 year old daughter now in custody.

    it appears the girl wanted to hangout with some gangbangers but mom said no! and she lost her temper and went off on 16 year old daughter. i hear she is in custody for battery. now sure what her next step should be should she get lawyer. ? she s...

    Wes’s Answer

    Yes, she should hire a lawyer. If she cannot afford to hire a lawyer, you should help her pay the fees.

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  • Looking to join the Air Force and I am a single parent. My mother would take temporary custody until I am stationed somewhere.

    I want to know what steps to take to assign temporary custody until im stationed, then get my parental rights back.

    Wes’s Answer

    One step only: hire an attorney. The attorney will take care of everything for you.

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  • Can I terminate an adoptive parents rights now that I am an adult? The adoption took place in Illinois.

    My estranged adoptive parents is trying to assert visitation rights to my child and I would like to terminate any rights they may have. I do not know if there is a statute for unfitness, my sister was kicked out of the house as a teenager and dro...

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    I don't know about terminating adoptive parents rights, but you've got nothing to worry about. Grandparents have to show that a fit parent's decision (that's you -- you're the fit parent) to not allow visitation is unreasonable. It's not "the best interest of the child" standard. You have a leg up on Gram.

    So, you say she's trying to assert visitation rights. Any rights she may have would come ONLY from a court order. If she already has such an order, you need to work with an attorney to fix it. If she does not yet have such an order, then she has no rights. You may continue to refuse visits. If she ever goes to court to try to get a visitation order, hire a lawyer and challenge it. You've got a good case.

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