I am Pro Se and...
I am Pro Se
and up on an Interrim and Prospective Attorney Fee Petition (Chicago, IL) Pursuant 750IL CS 45/17 and 750 ILCS5/508 next week, my Ex (TB) just having hired her 6th attorney in 7 years. My questions are : A. As 508 I believe this is a non-evidentiary, “summary” hearing(correct???), but can I produce docs, orders, etc. or is it simply a conversation? Note this is a Parentage
case, not a marriage
, no dissolution of assets involved, and is regarding pleadings post-decree disputing costs/payments made.
B. What’s my best argument of those listed below? Is the standard “reasonable and necessary”??? Some basic facts----she is claiming no employment, whereas mine is decent, far more stable, but limited bank assets (she shows 11k, I show 14k, but consistent income-----if I argue based on ability to pay, I have a weaker argument as my income is significant compared to hers). She may claim she can’t work due to medical issue. I fought an Interrim Petition two years ago, and “won”, because the judge refused to decide, essentially. However, now I am, once again, before the original judge for the first time since 7 years ago, who only had it pass thru to another, and another over the years. (The chaos is the result of her personality disorder IMO) 1. This is the 8th year since I filed for child support
modification in front of you (2011), based on elder daughter (one of two) turning 18. The Hearing Schedule with you in April is the NINTH time these pleadings have been set for “Final Hearing”. This new attorney is TB’s’s 6th attorney on this case, since, 2011, most withdrawing citing irreconcilable differences
, culminating in multiple continuances between attorneys, 6 Emergency motions to delay Hearing by her. By me? ZERO. At “Final Hearing” Number FOUR, on oct 3, 2013 , after getting pretrial recommendations by Judge (2nd pretrial), she argued with atty and fired them. 2. This same petition was heard Sept 2015 by Judge D, who had pre-tried this case in (November of 2014) and knowing the case more intimately, denied it. 3. She has benefited strategically by delay, knowing since 2013 the State (via DHFS) has threatened pursuing collection against me regarding alleged child support arrearages. 4. That 2 judges, knowing facts, ordered Stays vs the State in collecting alleged child support arrearage 6. I am pro se. It is Impossible for me to be “Over Represented” against her to her disadvantage, attorneyless since Ap ’14. I filed all motions, pleading to First Hearing in 2011 myself. She has been fully represented meanwhile. 7. In the last year alone, between attorney number 5 and number 6, she had 7 continuances . I would be bankrupt if represented. Additionally, the COST would severely outweigh the maximum gain as I feel I can win only 25k. 8. This case is mostly a matter of math, not custody, not separation
of marital assets (as this is a Parentage case, nor to provide monies for protection/benefit of the children---there is no “Advance” against marital assets to be divided, no joint bank accounts), and involves 3 orders determining what should have been paid vs what has been paid, (“Previous Judge stated---“this is just math. You don’t really need an attorney”)9. A. I have agreed to Pretrial recommendations given by Both Judge B on October 3, 2013 and also to Judge D pretrial recommendations , Both refused by TB. B. I have sent settlement letters to her last attorney, and recently this one (with no reply). 10. TB finances-----are stale . Previously heard this petition Sept 2015, where I had a couple years of recent banking transactions that proved she withdrew 16k before retaining attorney and filing fee petition. I now have only one month bank account history. 11. TB’s statement of finances----are unreliable/has a history of deception, of hiding income (like rentals), and even included a history of forging falsified medical reports as well as conspiracy to commit bank fraud resulting in termination from her employer (dangerous? but relevant?) 12. My business/personal accounts are one and same, not separate. Yeah I have 14k in account, but need large sums to operate (4 unit building and old house rental) and for dental issues pending. Vacancies, 8k roof, 6k HVAC, 10k driveway, 10k Dental. 13. I have been trying to move on with my life but been under this 8 year SIEGE. As of August I am housing 12 year old boy and 40 year old woman , that I’ve taken into my home, fleeing a hellhole called Venezuela. They’ve come with nothing, and I’m committed to helping them get on their feet. Future, costs, unknown, fluid, and potentially massive. 14. The net affect of awarding monies would be to punish me, the victim, for successfully disqualifying her last attorney during hearing for what was clearly a conflict of interest as noted in the Order. By DQing them, we hit the reset button for TRIAL, not another interim fee petition.