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My ex daughter-in-law is requesting me to pay money to her

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My ex daughter-in-law is requesting me to pay money to her in order to see my grandson.
JA: Family law varies by state. What state are you in?
Customer: illinois
JA: Have you talked to a lawyer yet?
Customer: yes, but I inquired about adoption and DCFS is involved.
JA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?
Customer: I want to file action in civil court for her extortion, can I do this?

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Customer: replied 1 month ago.
My son is deceased, and my family and I had been having regular visits until yesterday when she sent a text saying I have to give her money if I want to see him.

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QUESTION: I want to file an action in civil court for her extortion, can I do this?

ANSWER: Unfortunately, no. An action for intimidation or extortion is a criminal offense, not a civil offense. So the state files charges for extortion if it feels there is a case to be made. Also, extortion would be where someone threatens you to obtain something or cause you to perform or omit to perform an act.

In this case, as a grandparent, you are not being forced to perform or omit to perform something by paying her. So I do not think there is a case for extortion to be made.

I think the best thing you can do is to file a petition with the family court for visitation, under Illinois' Grandparent Visitation law (750 ILCS 5/602.9). If the court finds for you, then she is forced to allow for visitation.

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