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Wes Cowell

Chicago Divorce / Separation Lawyer.

Contributor Level 19
  1. I have a friend that has lived w a man for 21 yr. If she leaves is she entitled to 1/2 of the house and what other things would

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Alexander Mchenry Memmen
    2. Wes Cowell
    3. Judith Anne Schening
    4. Andrea Medlock Harvey
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    Your "friend" is entitled to all of the property that your "friend" owns. Beyond that, your "friend" can expect nothing. No "standard of living," no retirement, no car, no truck, no household items, no nothing. It probably would have been better for her had they married.

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  2. Can a judge modify his own judgment after its filed ?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Andrea Medlock Harvey
    2. Ibraheim Nidal Shalabi
    3. Wes Cowell
    4. Joseph Henry Sparacino
    4 lawyer answers

    Yes, judges may modify their own judgments on thier own motions (in latin lawyer-speak we say "sua sponte"). It's not uncommon. You say it's "obvious" that her attorney contacted the judge. What makes you think so? On what facts do you base your suspicion that your former wife's attorney has had ex parte communication with the judge? Finally, do you have some objection to paying the fees you were ordered to pay? Were you planning on discharging the fees in bankruptcy?

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  3. My husband gave me "draft" divorce papers, I signed them. Now he tells me that he filed. is it to late to get an attorney?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Peggy Margaret Raddatz
    2. Gary L. Schlesinger
    3. Carolyn Darlene Jansons
    4. Wes Cowell
    5. Judy A. Goldstein
    6. ···
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    You should DEFINITELY have an attorney review the papers your signed and suggest changes. You have the right to object to the agreement . . . but that right doesn't last forever. Act now.

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  4. I was assualted and want to know if there is a way i can settle with the offender outsitde of court so he wont loose his son.

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Daniel G. Galivan
    2. Wes Cowell
    3. Alexander M. Ivakhnenko
    4. Alan James Brinkmeier
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    It's the State that is prosecuting him. They may not be so willing to drop charges. What leads you to conclude that he will "loose his son?"

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  5. My fathers grave needs a head stone and the cemetery isn't cooperating. If i take actions in my own hands..will I get in trouble

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Wes Cowell
    2. Robert Jeffrey Long
    3. Tamara Anne Marshall
    3 lawyer answers

    What would organized religion be without hyper-technical restrictions enforced by an unwavering hierarchy? No shellfish, no cattle grazing with other kinds of cattle, no hair braiding, and absolutely no headstones 2" too short. Write to Cardinal George. Try to get an agreement before taking matters into your own hands. Failing that, if they come after you, remind them of the Church's robust history of recognizing wrongdoing, and working with the law to seek justice for wrongdoers....

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  6. Does the custodial parent have the right to treat the non-custodial parent like a baby sitter? Constantly dictating our time.

    Answered 2 months ago.

    1. Judy A. Goldstein
    2. Wes Cowell
    3. Peggy Margaret Raddatz
    4. Joseph Pierce O'Brien
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    The pool / park / jumping business is ridiculous. When your child is with you, you're the parent: you make the decisions. If Mom doesn't like it, too bad. End of discussion. On the "I-have-to-work-during-my-visitation-time," I think you've got a slight exposure to a small problem. There is an argument to be made that a child should be with an available parent rather than a care provider (like, a grandparent.). The language in your order probably doesn't deal with this issue. No big...

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  7. What could be the legal implications if I let my ex-Wife temporarily ( 2- 3 year) take care of my 3 children while I am abroad?

    Answered 5 months ago.

    1. Wes Cowell
    2. Gary L. Schlesinger
    3. Joseph Pierce O'Brien
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    You CAN'T ensure that on your return your ex won't claim rights to their custody. Any agreement you might reach would not be enforceable if she went to court to seek to modify custody. The court will not be bound 26 months from now by an agreement reached today impacting the children. Indeed, when it comes to kids, courts are NEVER bound by the parties' agreements. Your attempts to paint her as a less than desirable parent (she's not as financially, morally, or emotionally stable ass you)...

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  8. Divorce-related question. Am I able to file an appeal to a temporary maintenance order?

    Answered 8 months ago.

    1. Judy A. Goldstein
    2. Wes Cowell
    3. Alan James Brinkmeier
    4. J. Richard Kulerski
    5. Andrew J. Harger
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    "Do overs" generally aren't allowed in family court, but in this case you might have a way out. You've only got 30 days. Pick up the phone today and call a lawyer.

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  9. Purpose of a counter petition to Dissolution of Marriage

    Answered 9 months ago.

    1. Judy A. Goldstein
    2. Alan James Brinkmeier
    3. Wes Cowell
    4. Joseph Pierce O'Brien
    5. Andrew J. Harger
    5 lawyer answers

    There are a few things you can do in an effort to derail the divorce train . . . filing a counter-petition is not one of them. Neither is filing an Answer. You need legal help. You should call an attorney who can help you fight the divorce. Below is a link to an article you might find helpful.

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  10. Does my ex-wife need to provide her financial discovery paperwork prior to being awarded temporary maintenance?

    Answered 10 months ago.

    1. Judy A. Goldstein
    2. Elizabeth Marie Vonau
    3. Wes Cowell
    4. Joseph Pierce O'Brien
    4 lawyer answers

    First, Your problem is only 16% of the ruling and, by definition, it's only temporary, so let's not get too worked up and talk appeals. The child support award (roughly 2/3 of the award) is nearly always determined as a function of your income without much consideration of your wife's financial standing. Second, you don't reveal other factors that very well may have warranted the judge's ruling notwithstanding your wife's non-compliance with discovery (for example, if you packed up and moved...

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