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  • How can charges be dropped ? It's clearly Not that big of a domestic case. Nothing really happened

    I was repeating my finances name over and over and over to get his attention. I guess he got overwhelmed and so he turned around and told me shut up leave me alone grabbed me with his hands and pushed me down to the bed . I was angry so out of imp...

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    "Nothing truly happened?" He grabbed you and pushed you down. You don't say that "charges" he's facing, but now you've got a whole court system, including judges, lawyers, clerks, deputies and the police working on it. At this point, "dropping the charges" may not be an option for the State. It's their call.

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  • Is there anyone here who will take my case and charge me if i win the case(getting lump sum payment) against my ex.

    My ex-husband owe me over $200,000 for back support. He stopped paying since January 2016 and claimed that he was injured and had to go surgery base on what my kids told me. I called child support services and they don't know about the claim. Gi...

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    Yes, there are lawyers who handle child support enforcement actions on contingency. You should make some calls. He can use his passport because you've not done what you need to do to suspend it. You need to work with a lawyer to get this handled properly. The links, below, will help.

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  • Is a father obligated to still pay child support and if not does the mother pay what she has received?

    If a father has signed a child's birth certificate and child support is set up already but, a DNA test was done years later and it comes back there not the father. Are they still responsible to pay child support since they have signed the birth ce...

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    A child support order is a court ORDER -- it'snot an invitation to a tea party. It'snot something you can politely decline to follow when you get new information. The father must pay support unless the support order is vacated.

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  • What is the worst that can happen to me? How can a lawyer help in my case vs trying to settle issues without one?

    Illinois, DuPage county spousal support and child support question. Looks like divorce is more than likely. I'm a working dad 108K year plus bonus, 2 kids and stay at home mom. Married 16.5 years. I became an atheist and wife is very devout. ...

    Wes’s Answer

    You've not posted enough information to answer your questions. You need to talk with a lawyer. Many lawyers offer free consultations. The links, below, will help.

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  • What are the chances judge will order joint custody when neither one of us has filed for it?

    My ex and I (never married) have both filed for sole parental responsibility. Per our temporary custody order children live with me and he has visitation. We have a high conflict relationship and don't seem to agree on many issues.

    Wes’s Answer

    The chances are zero -- there's no such thing a "joint custody." Talk with your lawyer. You should go to mediation to try to resolve conflicts and you very well may come to the conclusion that cooperation is better than the cost of a trial. Again, your lawyer will help you figure this out. If you don't have a lawyer, you need one. The links below, will help.

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  • How long of notice is needed for a motion for leave of court to amend complaint?

    filed a petition for contempt since judge signed and issued the rule to show cause mother has violated more court orders since RTSC was issued. The hearing is in 3 days and the most recent violation occurred yesterday. If I file a motion for leave...

    Wes’s Answer

    You shouldn't worry about this timing. Just let your lawyer know about the violations and let her/him handle the paperwork with the court. Your lawyer will be familiar with the laws, the Supreme Court rules about notice, and the local rules about notice and rules to show cause. Don't sweat the technical legal details -- that's what your lawyer is there for.

    If you don't have a lawyer, you need one.

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  • My question can I still sue my wifes lover for destroy my marriage now after what happened that date my wife just file divorce

    I caught my wife cheating on me on February 13 2016 in Illinois but I know is been longer than that around November or December I notice a lot changes and we were having arguments more and more cause is no way that in six weeks she is going to b...

    Wes’s Answer

    The other answers are wrong. If the acts giving rise to the case occurred prior to 1/1/2016, you have a case and have up to two years to file it. That said, you'll need more than just "I noticed a lot of changes" to get things going. Hire a lawyer to start going through things to see if you can build a case. The link, below, will help

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  • Do I need permission to move out of state of there is not a visitation schedule in place?

    After getting a visitation order in place, my ex decided he did not want to see our daughter. My ex does not have a relationship with our daughter and has only shown up 1 visit since she was born a year and a half ago.

    Wes’s Answer

    If there is no order in place, you can move. You say in your posted facts, however, that there IS an order in place . . . its just not being followed. Doesn't matter. If there is a court order, you must play by the rules: 60 days notice and no more than 25 miles (for Cook / Kane Counties).

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  • What should I expect after receiving a court order regarding child support, for a child that hasnt been proven to be mine?

    I just received a court order for child support. The child has not been proven to be mine. What am I to expect on the day of court? What should I do now? The woman messaged my son on facebook telling him she had a child by me, but then told him sh...

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    Actually, the child HAS been proven to be yours if you have a child support ORDER.

    I think you mean you received a notice to go to court to determine whether the child isyours. If that's the case, you should expect to be required to submit to a DNA test and (about 6 weeks later) if you're found to be the father, you'll be ordered to pay child support.

    In Chicago, typical attorney fees in a case like your run between $1,000 and $5,000.

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