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ATTORNEY DID NOT HAVE TO PAY HUSBAND’S ATTORNEY FEES

Attorney had represented husband in A dissolution of marriage case. The attorney was granted leave to withdraw. He was no longer the husband’s attorney. Attorney filed a petition for payment of final fees and costs from husband. The petition requested payment from husband of $48,000 in unpaid attorney fees. A hearing took place. The court [...]

By | November 8th, 2018|Family Law Articles, Post-Decree Issues|0 Comments

EVEN EXTREME CIRCUMSTANCES DON’T EXCUSE LACK OF INTEREST IN A CHILD’S LIFE

The State filed a petition to terminate a named man’s parental rights of the minor, A.S.V..   The petition alleged that the natural mother had irrevocably surrendered her parental rights to A.S.V..   The same day, she had named the man as A.S.V.'s natural father in an affidavit of parentage. The petition to terminate the man's parental [...]

By | November 2nd, 2018|DCFS-related, Uncategorized|0 Comments

DON’T FORGET THERE IS A FAMILY EXPENSE STATUTE

Mrs. Neeland purchased two diamond watches, a diamond cocktail ring, a pearl necklace, pearl earrings, and a lighter. The value of the merchandise exceeded $6,000. Payments made by the wife reduced the balance due on her account to $2,608.94. No further payments were made. The seller of the jewelry brought suit against both the husband [...]

By | November 2nd, 2018|Family Law Articles, Uncategorized|0 Comments

HOW MUCH UNFITNESS IS ENOUGH?

Mother was arrested and charged with child endangerment.   There were two fathers for all of the children.  Chicago police discovered the minors asleep in an unheated vehicle. Mother pleaded guilty to child endangerment. She was sentenced to 18 months of supervision. The minors and M.A. were later returned to mother’s custody.   The case was closed. [...]

By | October 18th, 2018|DCFS-related|0 Comments

BEST TO COMPLY WITH A DCFS SERVICE PLAN

The parties divorced.  Mother had been granted custody of the child.  Mother and the child had an Order of Protection against father.    The Judge found that restricted visitation between father and child was “necessary for the physical, emotional and mental well being of the child in order to protect her from danger.” Mother and the [...]

By | August 8th, 2018|Custody, DCFS-related|0 Comments

DON’T FORGET WHAT YOU ALREADY SAID UNDER OATH

The Trial Court entered orders finding the minor child’s father to be an unfit parent.  His parental rights were terminated.  Father was nineteen years old. The facts include that the child suffered a fracture to her right femur and a fracture to her left tibia.  She had been in her father’s care. It did not [...]

By | July 11th, 2018|DCFS-related|0 Comments

PARENT GETS SECOND CHANCE TO PROVE HE IS A FIT FATHER

The trial court found that father was unfit.  It terminated his parental rights. Father appealed.  The Appellate Court reversed the trial court decision. It sent the case back to the trial court. There is a rebuttable presumption that a parent is depraved if the parent has been criminally convicted of at least 3 felonies.  Or, [...]

By | July 11th, 2018|DCFS-related|0 Comments

BREACH OF PROMISE TO MARRY

The Woman filed her complaint for breach of promise to marry pursuant to the Promise Act.  In her complaint she alleged that the Man had proposed marriage to her. He had presented her with an engagement ring.   They had promised to marry each other.  They scheduled the marriage ceremony and the reception. The Woman made [...]

By | May 2nd, 2018|Family Law Articles|0 Comments

WHAT IF YOU FIND OUT LATER HE HAS BEEN MARRIED THREE TIMES ALREADY!

A court shall declare a marriage invalid (annulled).  If the other party was induced to enter into the marriage. “By fraud involving the essentials of marriage.”  Husband had been married three times.  Wife never knew. When she found out, she wanted an annulment.  The trial court granted her request for an annulment.   Husband appealed. The [...]

By | March 9th, 2018|Family Law Articles, Family Law Issues|0 Comments