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Modifying Parenting Time
A parenting plan (visitation schedule) can be modified to increase or decrease the amount of parenting time a caregiver has with the child(s).A modification may be granted if you can show to the judge that there has been a change in either caregivers capacity to care for the child(s) since the original parenting plan was ordered.Additional reasons
Certain aspects of a (martial) settlement agreement may be modified, but ONLY IF it can be shown to a judge that doing so is in the best interests of both parties and/or their children.A substantial change in one's financial circumstances, such as a change in employment status or the added presence of a mental or physical disability, may warrant a
Modifying a child support order is the process through which certain aspects of a previously issued child support order are changed, and a new child support order is created. There are two main reasons for modifying a child support order:1. Modifying the $ amount of child support owed (including alimony and cash-medical support)Depending on the cir
A parenting plan (custody order) can be modified to change which caretaker has custody of a child(s), but only within TWO (2) YEARS of its originally being ordered. Additionally, a modification will only be approved if you can show to a judge in court that doing so would be in the best interest of the child(s).Modifying a parenting plan may result
If a judge has ordered that you and your partner or spouse are legally separated, and you have experience a significant change in financial circumstances – such as a change in employment status or the additional presence of a mental or physical disability – you may be able to modify certain aspects of your legal separation agreement, including:temp
A motion to reconsider is a notice of motion that can only be filed within 30 DAYS of receiving a court order you disagree with.For example, if you have been ordered to pay an amount in child support that you disagree with, you can file a motion to reconsider within 30 days of the order being entered. This will request that the court schedules a ne
A notice of motion is a written request to the courts that a issue a specific court order, or a judgement regarding a particular aspect of the case. Examples of common motions include: a motion to modify a child support order a motion to enforce parenting time (visitation rights); or a motion to appeal a divorce judgementIn order for a notice of
The petitioner to a civil court case is the person who first filed a petition and a notice of summons to start the court case. Similarly, the person to whom the petition and summons was addressed to is the respondent to the case. The petitioner and respondent to a case will continue to be the petitioner and respondent throughout the duration of th
The respondent to a civil court case is the person who first received a notice of summons and therefore is required to file their appearance in order to schedule their first court date. The person who originally filed the summons and the original petition is called the petitioner to the case. The petitioner and respondent to a case will continue t
Terminating a child support order is the process through which a child support order is declared null and void. Once a child support order is terminated, no future child support payments are owed for the child(s) on the order.Generally speaking, there are two valid reasons to terminate a child support order:the child(s) on the order is over the age
Legal Advice vs. Legal Representation: What's the Difference?
Lawyers can offer a variety of services to folks seeking legal help. Typically, lawyers argue on their client's behalf in front of a judge in court. When a lawyer represents their client's interests in court, this arrangement is called legal representation. While there are many free and low-cost legal resources in Chicago, some of these attorneys a
It is no secret that hiring a private attorney is expensive. Recognizing this, some private attorneys offer a cheaper arrangement for providing legal help. One such arrangement is called limited scope representation (AKA unbundled, or a la carte legal services). This article provides an overview of limited scope representation – what it is, and wha
This article offers an overview of what it means to quash service. The word "quash" is used to mean something is invalid. Quashing service refers to the process of filing a motion to tell the courts you believe there was invalid service of process in your case. Below, we discuss when and how a person can make a request to quash service to help thei
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