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About Angela Peters

As an attorney, I find that it is much more advantageous to work effectively with others than to simply apply the cold law. I combine diverse life experiences, more than 25 years of practical legal experience and an expansive knowledge of complex Illinois law to provide clients with solid representation that gets results.

YOU CAN’T REOPEN SOMETHING YOU CLOSED

Decedent had entered into a property settlement agreement (PSA) as part of a legal separation from her husband.  He survived her.  He filed a petition for probate of her estate. Decedent's daughter filed a counterpetition.  She argued that the husband was not an heir.   The Trial Court erred in finding that the husband was an [...]

By | January 10th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

IS THIS A REVIEW OR A MODIFICATION OF MAINTENANCE CASE?

The Trial Court entered an order extending maintenance wife until husband, a pilot, retires.  The Trial Court also refused to award permanent maintenance. Wife did not seek employment for 2 1/2 years after the divorce, but she was never informed that she had a duty to seek training or education to continue receiving maintenance.   Wife [...]

By | January 10th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

FATHER DID NOT PRESENT SUFFICIENT EVIDENCE TO LOWER CHILD SUPPORT HE PAID

Father filed a motion to modify his child support obligation. After the hearing, the trial court properly denied father’s motion. The court found that no substantial change in circumstances had occurred warranting modification.  Father appealed. The Appellate Court stated that, typically, a substantial change in circumstances means the child's needs, the non-majority parent's ability to [...]

By | January 10th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

HUSBAND HAD EMPLOYMENT OPTIONS OTHER THAN STOPPING TO WORK

The Trial Court granted husband's motion to terminate maintenance.  It found that his decision to retire from his job as an ER physician was made in good faith.  The Trial Court barred the use of a report of wife's controlled expert, an ER physician.  It had been properly disclosed by wife, so it was no [...]

By | December 5th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

MARRIED AND UNMARRIED PARENTS HAVE AN OBLIGATION FOR CHILD’S COLLEGE EDUCATION

Mother filed a contribution petition requesting that father be ordered to pay an equitable share of the anticipated college costs under Section 513 for their daughter.  The parties had never married.  Their paternity order was silent on their obligation to contribute to their daughter’s college expenses. Father’s response admitted that he had the financial ability [...]

By | November 26th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

GRADUAL REINTRODUCTION OF FATHER TO HIS SON

Mother and father are the biological parents of L.W.   The parties were never married.   Father had been very abusive in their relationship.  Mother filed a parentage petition.   The child was a toddler. The facts include that father had successfully interviewed for a job that required frequent travel. As a result, father was sporadically present after [...]

By | November 25th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

PARTIES BOUGHT CREDITS FOR HUSBAND’S PRE-MARRIAGE MILITARY SERVICE

Is permissive pension service credit based on time served in the military marital or nonmarital property?  The court needed to look at the facts of the case, of course. The parties had purchased permissive service credit in the Illinois State Retirement System during their marriage.  It was based on time the husband had served in [...]

By | November 25th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

FATHER PROPERLY PREVENTED FROM HAVING CONTACT WITH HIS CHILD

Father filed a complaint to determine parentage in the trial court.  He was initially granted supervised parenting time.   Later, the court entered a parenting order that reserved parenting time for father.  This was because of his incarceration at that time. The Trial Court entered a preliminary injunction.  The father was stopped from any contact or [...]

By | November 25th, 2019|Adoption, Uncategorized|0 Comments

WIFE JUST WANTED HUSBAND TO LEAVE HER ALONE

Wife filed A verified petition for A plenary order of protection against her husband of 45 years.   She alleged a history of verbal, emotional, and physical abuse that spanned decades.  But, it recently increased in frequency and severity. Following a hearing on the petition, the court granted wife’s petition. It made several findings as to [...]

By | November 15th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

DON’T ARGUE OVER STUFF THAT DOESN’T MATTER

Parties are divorced already.  The circuit court granted the wife’s Petition to increase child support.   She also filed a Petition for contribution to her attorney’s fees.  For most of the case, husband did not have an attorney.  Husband appealed on a number of grounds. Husband’s first argument on appeal is that the circuit court lacked [...]

By | November 9th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments