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Sara R. Howard

Chicago Adoption Lawyer.

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  1. Is there a way to give temporary custody of a minor to someone without going through the courts?

    Answered 12 months ago.

    1. Sara R. Howard
    2. Gary L. Schlesinger
    3. J. Richard Kulerski
    3 lawyer answers

    There is a form of Short Term Guardianship that does not require going to court. The form is statutory and would need to be signed by the remaining biological parent, witnessed by two persons and accepted by the person or persons appointed as the Short Term Guardian(s). Short Term Guardianship is good for up to 1 year (365 days) and is revocable at any time prior to its' expiration date, The only problem you may encounter is that the school the child would attend may not accept a Short Term...

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  2. Agreement on a hearing on my behalf/ without my consent How to address it and move forward?

    Answered 12 months ago.

    1. Sara R. Howard
    2. Judy A. Goldstein
    3. J. Richard Kulerski
    3 lawyer answers

    You should address all your concerns with the attorney who represented you. It is important for hime to be aware of how you feel and give him an opportunity to explain his actions to you and to correct this situation. If you cannot come to an agreement with this attorney, or feel your interests would be better served with other counsel, then, as Attorney Goldstein has suggested, you should hire other legal representation to hopefull vacate the prior order and seek the results that you need.

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  3. Wondering about a restraining order. Does it cost money? Is it okey to do that to family that refuse to leave?

    Answered 8 months ago.

    1. Alan James Brinkmeier
    2. Sara R. Howard
    3. Peggy Margaret Raddatz
    4. Christopher Daniel Leroi
    5. John Michael Phillips
    5 lawyer answers

    The behavior your daughter exhibits appears to border on elder abuse. As far as getting her out of your home, unfortunately you do have to evict her. This means giving her a notice of termination of tenancy and if she does not leave, then you will need to file with the courts to evict her. Besides consulting with an attorney who can assist you with an eviction, you may want to see if there is an attorney (via AVVO or otherwise) whose practice concentrates in elder law so that your rights and...

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  4. My fiance would like to adopt my daughter. How can we do this pro se?

    Answered 11 months ago.

    1. Sara R. Howard
    2. Joseph Andrew Brabender IV
    3. Lawrence John Gibney Jr.
    3 lawyer answers

    The adoption process in Cook County, as in most counties, begins with the filing of a Petition for Adoption. This document sets forth the facts of your particular situation including information about the prospective adoptive parents (Petitioners), the child or children to be adopted, and the biological parent or parents. It is important that all the information in the Petition for Adoption be accurate as this is the 'blueprint' for everything that follows. Procedures in Cook County require...

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  5. How do I file for abandonment and remove a parent's rights?

    Answered 12 months ago.

    1. Sara R. Howard
    2. Judy A. Goldstein
    2 lawyer answers

    Absent a finding that there has been some serious abuse (usually done via DCFS) there is no mechanism for terminating parental rights unless it is thru an adoption where another person then accepts responsibility for the child. Terminating parental rights in the manner that you propose is against public policy and is not an available remedy because a parent is neglectful.

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  6. How can i prove that my father's wife basically abandoned him in Illinois and she went to Oregon to live?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Sara R. Howard
    2. Jay Bodzin
    3. Kelly Scott Davis
    4. Reid A Seino
    5. William Ray Pelger
    5 lawyer answers

    If your father is capable of understanding the circumstances of his situation, you may want to consider having a Power of Attorney for Health Care an perhaps a Living Will that would authorize someone other than is wife be responsible for medical decisions. If he is not capable of understanding the nature and consequences of signing such documents, you may want to consider filing with the court to become his Guardian. You should consult with an attorney whose practice concentrates in the area...

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  7. What is a typical visitation schedule for infants in Illinois for an unwed father who's name is on child's birth certificate?

    Answered 9 months ago.

    1. Sara R. Howard
    2. Peggy Margaret Raddatz
    3. Wes Cowell
    4. Todd Robert Warren
    4 lawyer answers

    Without a court order, the father has only the visitation that YOU allow him to have. If he is on the birth certificate, he can certainly file with the court to gain additional or unsupervised visitation, but the court may be more inclined to limit visitation with a child this young. You may want to consult with an attorney regarding this matter and any child support questions you may have .

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  8. I know of a troubled teen that needs of an emancipation, she is struggling in all kinds of directions.

    Answered 11 months ago.

    1. Sara R. Howard
    2. Judy A. Goldstein
    3. Joseph Franklin Pippen Jr.
    3 lawyer answers

    I do not understand how Guardianship is involved in this question. If you have first hand knowledge of this, you need to encourage the minor to speak to a responsible adult such as a teacher, physician or minister so appropriate action can be taken.

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  9. I have a motion before the Court in Dupage Co. I no longer wish to use my Attorney. Can I file Pro se and argue that Motion?

    Answered 8 months ago.

    1. Sara R. Howard
    2. Peggy Margaret Raddatz
    3. Wes Cowell
    4. Joseph Pierce O'Brien
    5. Jeannie Marie Ridings
    5 lawyer answers

    Without knowing the specifics of your case, I cannot be certain, but there shouldn't be any reason that the judge would not allow you to proceed Pro Se. If you choose to proceed without an attorney, do make sure that you are well prepared to present any evidence to the court when you argue the motion.

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

    Answered 10 months ago.

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

    He may be the child's father, biologically, but until he signs an acknowledgement of paternity, is listed on the birth certificate (which you are not obligated to let him do), or files a paternity action so that a court can determine parentage-- his is not legally the father and would not have any rights or responsibilities to this child. If you have a medical card, that should cover bills for labor and delivery and you would then need to add the child to your medical card to cover the...

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