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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Illinois on
Q: What is a conflict of interest between an attorney and third party?

My now wife consulted an attorney 2 years ago in regards to different children in our family and her ex husband. Now my sons mother has retained that same attorney in a child custody’s case between me and her. Is this a conflict of interest having had given the attorney all of the family... Read more »

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J. Richard Kulerski Esq. answered on Jan 26, 2022

If I understand the facts you presented, it could be a conflict of interest. You should consider filing a Motion to Disqualify the attorney and let the judge decide if there is a conflict.

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Q: If you never married but we're with someone for 25 yrs and 3 children together are you entitled to there pension?
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J. Richard Kulerski Esq. answered on Jan 8, 2022

No. The sharing of retirement benefits applies only to people who are married.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for Illinois on
Q: What do I do if the sheriff I sent a divorce summons to serve does not properly serve or send a receipt of having serve

I have filed for divorce and mailed the summons, as directed, to the sheriff of the county the individual being summoned is in. The sheriff however did not properly serve the individual, has no record of serving, and upon my calling to check on the situation, I was met with dead answers and I dont... Read more »

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J. Richard Kulerski Esq. answered on Dec 31, 2021

Did you include the Petition for Dissolution with the Summons? Did you pay the Sheriff's fee and mileage cost, if any, in advance? Depending on what county you want the service to be made in, you could go online to see if there are any special process servers in that area. If so, hire one.... Read more »

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Q: Opposing counsel submitted discovery responses after court-ordered deadline. Do I have any recourse?

We are very close to settlement. Prior to last court appearance, I submitted all discovery responses and made the appropriate filings. Opposing counsel missed the deadline and asked for more time. Judge gave her til 12/20. She submitted discovery responses on 12/20 but was missing interrogatories... Read more »

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J. Richard Kulerski Esq. answered on Dec 29, 2021

I don't think "defensive" is the correct word. It's more like you may be expecting too much rigidity from the legal system. Discovery deadlines are not like a railroad that runs perfectly on time. Non-lawyers are often too technical and expect 100% timely compliance. In reality,... Read more »

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Q: Wife and I are getting a divorce. We bought the house after we were married. She wants to keep the house which is fine.

I know she will have to buy me out. She tried to refinance but couldn't. What happens if she can't refinance and won't agree to sell the house?

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J. Richard Kulerski Esq. answered on Dec 29, 2021

If you can agree to a future buy-out price, you could give her 36-48 months to refi. By that time, she might be in a position to get the financing. If she cannot, then she would have to sell. You'll still be on her mortgage, but you will remain a co-owner and be able to share in any upswing in... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Family Law and Civil Litigation for Illinois on
Q: Can you sue an affair partner for emotion distress?

My husband and I are married and not legally separated. I have proof of his affair and I am interested in suing the affair partner for emotional distress.

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J. Richard Kulerski Esq. answered on Dec 7, 2021

No, not any longer. The lawsuit you are referring to is Alienation of Affection, and it was repealed in IL.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Family Law and Domestic Violence for Illinois on
Q: I own a single member llc in illinois and only my name is on it as CEO. If I get a divorce, will my then ex get the biz?

So, my current husband is abusive emotionally and just now physically. I own a llc, just started it. My question is: if I get a divorce, is there anyway I can protect my business from him getting anything from it? He goes from job to job a lot. Thank you

*EDIT* so all the funds that went... Read more »

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J. Richard Kulerski Esq. answered on Dec 3, 2021

Your question is almost impossible to answer without knowing more facts. For example, how much marital money went into funding the business? Does the business have a value? Is the business totally reliant upon you? In other words, if you stopped working at it, would the business collapse? There are... Read more »

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Q: If my 17 YO daughter has a job can her father tell her she cannot work on his parenting time?

My 17yo daughter has a job. Her father has parenting time on Wednesday from 5-9. She is scheduled to work from 3-8. Her father told her she cannot work on his time. Can he do this?

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J. Richard Kulerski Esq. answered on Nov 20, 2021

This is a grey area of family law. Because of her age, there isn't much he can do legally if the child refuses to visit with him. The court cannot punish you for denying visitation because it is not your decision. The court cannot punish the child. All that is left is that the father goes to... Read more »

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Q: In divorce judgment in addition to child support, we have provision where we split uncovered medical expenses 50/50.

That still continues, correct, once they turn 18 and as long as they are still covered under a parent's health insurance?

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J. Richard Kulerski Esq. answered on Nov 6, 2021

Without knowing what your Judgment says, in the world of divorce law (as opposed to insurance coverage benefits), responsibility to pay for children's health costs typically ends at age 18, unless the child is a full time college or vocational school student.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for Illinois on
Q: I am getting a divorce. In 2018 my spouses father died but before he did he quitclaim deeded him his home. Now my

husband is being sued about the home and other things by the estate. Am I liable? I’m not included in the lawsuit but now that I’m getting divorced I’m worried I may be responsible if he loses.

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J. Richard Kulerski Esq. answered on Oct 29, 2021

Your question cannot be answered authoritatively until all of your facts can be learned. However, based upon the facts you have provided, I think it is safe to say that you have no personal exposure. Your husband will be spending marital funds to defend the case brought by the estate, and this is... Read more »

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Q: What does” she would pay child support in reserve “mean in this paragraph exactly

Yes I meet with him. He did indicate he would be willing to allow her to stay in the house until Ava graduates. He would pay the mortgage ( including taxes and insurance) shoe would pay utilities and child support reserved. He would exercise his parenting time at the house. Can talk Thursday... Read more »

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J. Richard Kulerski Esq. answered on Oct 13, 2021

It means that the court can determine child support at a later time when things stabilize.

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1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Real Estate Law for Illinois on
Q: If I were to separate from my wife, would she be entitled to any of the down payment my father put in the house?
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J. Richard Kulerski Esq. answered on Oct 1, 2021

Are you and your wife both on title to the house? If so, your father could get repaid if the money he gave toward the house was a loan. Are you making regular payments to him to pay off this loan? Very important. Consult in person with a divorce lawyer.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Child Support for Illinois on
Q: My daughter is 18 and graduated this coming up June. I just found out she will be not going to school after January 1st

Because she has enough credits. Do I still need to pay child support until the actual graduation in June or when she officially stops going to high school?

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J. Richard Kulerski Esq. answered on Sep 8, 2021

I cannot imagine anyone being able to give you an authoritative answer because the law never anticipated this type of thing happening. The law is clear that you must pay child support until the child reaches 18 or GRADUATES from H.S., whichever is last to occur. It doesn't cover what should... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for Illinois on
Q: If a spouse signs a quitclaim deed during a divorce, would he/she lose the house as a leverage in negotiations?
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J. Richard Kulerski Esq. answered on Jul 31, 2021

No. The house remains as much a marital asset (subject to equitable division between the parties) as it was prior to the signing of a quit claim deed.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Illinois on
Q: I left several messages and emails over 2months but my attorney hasn't contacted me. I need help. What do I do?

Her office stated they would inform her of my issues. That was a week ago.

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J. Richard Kulerski Esq. answered on Jul 28, 2021

I think you already know what you have to do. Terminate her representation . You have the absolute right to do so and to receive a refund of any unused retainer fee that you paid.

Divorce is tough enough, you don't deserve any problems from the one who is supposed to be trying to...
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1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for Illinois on
Q: Is there a template or instructions on a correct way to write and file a counterclaim to a disolution of marriage petiti

I am in illinois. I cannot find a form to fill out and file for a counterclaim to a dissolution of marriage petition anywhere. Is there any instructions for someone pro se could get some help with this?

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J. Richard Kulerski Esq. answered on Jul 24, 2021

Is is identical to a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage, except it is called a Counter-Petition for Dissolution of Marriage. The parties are referred to as Petitioner and Counter-Respondent and Respondent and Counter-Petitioner. This is both in the caption and throughout the document.

If...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Illinois on
Q: What to do if attorney is ignoring case?

I recently hired an attorney for help with a missed court appearance for my name change case. I sent the attorney his check in March and he accepted and signed for it too. Since then, I have barely heard from him, and he has never talked to me without me calling. He needs to file a motion, which he... Read more »

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J. Richard Kulerski Esq. answered on Jul 11, 2021

You simply send him an email or a letter stating that you are terminating his services effectively immediately, and that you demand a 100% refund. You might state the reason for the termination, but it is not necessary. You have the absolute right to fire him no matter what the reason. You can also... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Divorce and Family Law for Illinois on
Q: 34-yrs married, $3M+ assets. Tell me more about "equitable" split. 50/50 is far from equitable all things considered.

I'm 57-yrs old. My highest wage earning years are behind me. All real estate holdings acquired were made possible by my earnings over last 30-years. Likewise all improvements, management, etc, have been and are 95% on me. Retirement is 401K along with rental properties. I would need no less... Read more »

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J. Richard Kulerski Esq. answered on Jun 3, 2021

There are some factors by which a judge might be inclined to deviate from a 50%-50% split, but you haven't mentioned any of them. Your 80% would only fly in extraordinary circumstances, e.g., you are a quadriplegic with enormous health care costs.

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Illinois on
Q: How can I change an agreement made on record? It has no been finalized yet. We go back for finalizing June 7th.

My soon to be ex husband and I made an agreement that once he does anger management he can do visitation with the kids ever other weekend spoken through the court. However, I want a provision added in that states our oldest can choose when/where/how he wants to communicate with his father. The... Read more »

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J. Richard Kulerski Esq. answered on May 28, 2021

Only your attorney knows all of the facts of your case and only he is in a position to advise you properly. However, it sounds like your oldest son and your ex could use some reunification therapy. This would involve a separate Motion , but you are in a bad situation. Perhaps, you could talk to... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support and Divorce for Illinois on
Q: Hi in my divorce it said no parent is to pay child support but now I am being sent papers for child support can they do
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J. Richard Kulerski Esq. answered on May 18, 2021

If you have an Illinois divorce, your papers CANNOT say that no parent is to pay child support. The most it could say along this line is that Child Support is Reserved. This means that either party can come back to court after the divorce to establish a child support obligation.

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