You can cash it. Child Support isn't "owed" until you file for it - unless he continues to make payments, the most he could arguably do is deduct the $50 from whatever his monthly amount is under the statute PRESUMING he continues to pay the amount. Doubtful that would happen, as it's a duplication of effort. So in short, cash it.
If you want child support, file for it. Parentage Child Support is done through one very busy court on the 3rd floor, but if you're patient, you'll likely get...
Regretfully, as far as Illinois is concerned - her conduct plays no part in the division of assets (Short of a dissipation situation), and might only play a part in the determination of custody. As for defamation/slander/libel; throw those ideas out, it has a 99.9999% chance of failing.
What you need to do is protect any joint assets, such as a bank account with a large savings balance, or anything either party could liquidate with little difficulty. Don't dissipate anything, just put it...
Can you argue to the court that he needs to contribute to household expenses while this matter is pending? Yes. Will the court grant that? Impossible to predict, especially based on one paragraph of information.
During a Divorce, under Illinois law, you can ask for temporary orders, to include spousal support, child support, and attorney fees. Some, like Chlld Support, utilize percentile guidelines (See ILCS 5/505). Others, like spousal support, are based on a variety of factors and...
Agreed. The court file should show what type of service was executed; substitute service, et. al.,
If service was made, they did what they had to do. So don't presume you're in the clear because someone didn't personally hand you papers; that's how people lose their homes. Contact your county bar association for assistance.
It may also be a postcard date (We call them Green Cards in Cook County). The purpose of the post card date is to see if the case is still active (A lot of cases cease being prosecuted when initaited by pro se people, so this process was implemented to slim down the docket).
If so, check w/ the clerk or the opposing to see if it's needed, as most are done at 1:45pm/2pm vs 9:30am.
Or better yet, talk to a family law attorney in your area for specific guidance.
Someone may have to step in to petition for guardianship. This is a horrible process to go through, as the person you're helping will misinterpret your efforts for something else. Best option, talk to a probate attorney in the county the relative lives in for specific guidance.