I know the location of my husband, but he does not want to sign. We have been separated for 8 months. I am trying to avoid a contested divorce. How long would a contested divorce take? No children, I make double the amount of money he makes, ...
Let me sidestep the other answers here and do something few lawyers ever want to do - be frank. Our divorce laws in Illinois, especially with the recent amendments, have gotten so out of control that people feel forced to resort to all sorts of dark magic tactics, such as the one you mention. In extreme cases, I heard a story about a man who lived in Chicago but rented an empty studio in NW Indiana just long enough to file/get a divorce there (via publication) in an attempt to sidestep Illinois maintenance. TO BE CLEAR, this requires outright dishonestly and I'm not advocating that. I merely point out that people are turning to this trick in higher numbers than ever before and I wonder how long it will be allowed to continue before rules/procedures are changed.
Ok, off soapbox. The best way to know all your options is to talk to a family law attorney in your area for specific guidance.See question
I have been divorced for over ten years. It has been an ongoing fight with my ex husband with custody battles. I have exhausted thousands of dollars with him in court during this whole time. Currently, we have joint custody of my 15-year-old daug...
On top of the other answers, bear in mind that relocation (Formerly Removal), on top of the factors the new statute looks at, what I've seen is judges still discussing "financial" necessity, which was a factor from the old version of the statute. Meaning, is someone moving for the sake of moving, or do they have a great job waiting for them.
The reason is that a lot of removal (Now relocation) cases the primary parent was moving because they liked the Florida weather, or they had family in Washington. And judge's were loath to grant it if the non-primary parent was heavily involved in the child's life. But when they have a great job opportunity, sometimes it's a different story.
Talk to a family law attorney in your area for specific guidance.See question
She goes from having highs and lows and her switch flips very easy. Is there anything I can do to get her to see a doctor or therapist. Before it's to late and something bad happens
Is she a threat to the children? Believe it or not, it's not against the law to be mentally ill. Meaning unless she poses a threat to someone, it is what it is. If there's an issue w/ the kids, and dad's not around, you can look into guardianship over them - but it's a high bar, you have to show through CLEAR and CONVINCING evidence that she is not ready, willing, or able to take care of the kids.
Talk to an attorney in your area for specific guidance.See question
My ex wants to have a destination wedding. I believe he picked the Virgin Islands so he wouldn't need my permission this travel out of the country with them (ie passports). They would miss the second week of school in August. Two of my three ki...
The other two pretty much touch the bases. I'll venture a safe guess that there's a mandatory mediation clause in your JPA/Parenting Plan (Few Illinois judge's will approve settlements without on in there).
Why am I mentioning this? Because there may be things you don't like in the settlement (Or maybe you started out liking it, but things went south). Perhaps a trade can be made. 95% of what me, and the other attorneys on here do in most family cases is negotiate. It's cheaper, better, and faster than going to trial.See question
I am looking for an attorney to represent me in my divorce case in Cook County. Currently, I am able to afford $400/month in payment, and I was wanting to see if any attorney will be able to accept a payment plan.
Some do, but first you should understand the basic fees. In Cook County, it's about $337 or so just to FILE a divorce case. That's money that goes straight to the clerk of court. Other counties charge similar (But slightly lower) fees. Then there's the sheriff fees to serve (Varies from county, $30-80 usually). And that's presuming the lawyer's free.
So first talk to your ex, see if you two can agree on as much as possible. Fight only the issues that are in dispute (And are worth fighting over). And talk to a family law attorney in your area for specific guidance.See question
i owe 44,000 in back child support. I'm on all the restrictions . im trying to get my licence back to be able to make more money. Im thinking of putting on docket for entry of agreed order I believe it is called arrears is stayed pending all supp...
Well, if your licensed was suspended because of an Illinois child support debt, then see if you can motion up an RDP with the trial judge. There will then be a long, convoluted process to get you a limited license, but better than nothing. Talk to a family law attorney in your area for specific guidance.See question
I was summoned on Tuesday june 14 by the father of my child. He is a 3x felon. And he sees her 4x a week, but he wants overnights with her and i do not. He pays some child support. However i got stuck in debt with hospital bills n office visits wh...
Asking a lawyer if you should hire them is like asking a politician if they want your vote.
Humor aside, I would at this stage, recommend you just consult with one. A consult is like roadmap that lined out explaining, in simple terms, how the parenting time/parental responsibilities (Formerly visitation and custody) works in Illinois, and the specific procedures used in Cook County (Or in whatever county you're in).
If he filed pro se, it's possible his complaint is defective and subject to dismissal or strike. Especially if he's asking for a DNA test if he's already on the VAP (And not pleading anything else), or some other relief that may not be allowed.
Talk to a family law attorney in your area for specific guidance.See question
I just found out through examination of a joint checking account, he used exclusively, payments to several insurance companies. He had accidentally left a letter from one company, confirming his changing of address on the policy, in my son's insu...
I'm not going to re-vomit the answers of the prior attorneys (Of which all raise valid points), but I will point out that the process to vacate a judgment more than 30 days old is called a 1401, well, to be fair that's the shorthand name for the section addressing it.
Under a 1401, you have to show a) fraud, b) mutual mistake, or c) duress. AND you have to show due diligence. Meaning if you waived discovery, it's possible the judge might not entertain such a pleading. Or if you found out about the life insurance 6 months ago and only waited until now to file something.
Because there's so much that not known in this case, it might be a good idea to talk to a family law attorney in your area for specific guidance.See question
My husband applied for a divorce ....he has a lawyer ..I - dont. I represent pro se. His lawyer told me to write a memorandum before pre trial or i will be paying penalty if i am not ...and send copy to them. Do i have to do this or its his ...
First, look to see what your pretrial order says. Most judges in Cook County, like Judge Katz, Judge Boyd, et. al., has a custom pretrial order that clearly lays out what you have to prepare and when they have to be turned in. If there's no pretrial order, look up his/her standing orders, they might mention what needs to be done. If neither of those indicate, then usually what I see most people do is fill out a Cook Country Pretrial Memorandum (Available Online) and if children are involved, the new parenting plan (Not online yet, but available in most courtrooms).
So what happens if you don't do a pretrial memo? Well, honestly, the judge will probably only listen to the other side. Meaning you'll get shafted, no matter how much you hoot and yell. So, if you're heck bent on driving the train by yourself, do it.
Bear in mind the best option is to talk to a family law attorney in your area for specific guidance. Even if you don't intend on hiring someone, you should at least get the lay of the land.See question
I have 2 grandchildren in foster care and have been trying for 3 yrs to get guardingship of them and have been drug through hell and back several times. The things these kids and I have gone through has been awful
Generally you can't. That's the short end of it. Many have tried, and I've yet to hear of a single successful case.See question