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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.

WHAT IS THE PROPER VALUATION FOR A HOUSE IN A DIVORCE?

Neither party presented the trial court with expert opinion testimony as to the value of the marital residence and a piece of rental property. The husband testified as to his own personal knowledge of what he believed the combined values of the two properties were worth.  The wife presented evidence as to the assessed value [...]

By | July 15th, 2019|Property Division|0 Comments

DISSIPATION-WHAT AND WHEN

At trial, the wife testified about and introduced into evidence several spreadsheets.  She argued that they made a basic showing that the husband had dissipated over $160,000.  In unaccounted cash withdrawals from his bank accounts from 2010 through the first half of 2016. Dissipation is the use of marital assets for the benefit of one [...]

By | July 15th, 2019|Property Division|0 Comments

FATHER RESPONSIBLE FOR MINOR CHILD’S BILLS, BUT NOT FOR EMANCIPATED CHILD’S BILLS

Hospital filed complaint under family expense statute against divorced, noncustodial parent (father) to recover costs of medical services rendered to his child. The Circuit Court granted summary judgment against the father.  He appealed. The Appellate Court held that: (1) creditor could hold divorced, noncustodial parent liable under the family expense statute for expenses incurred on [...]

By | July 8th, 2019|Child Support|0 Comments

BANK DID NOT IMPROPERLY CONSIDER THE MARITAL STATUS OF THE BORROWERS

The Court finds the facts as follows: the borrowers in this loan transaction are Samuel A. Linch, Marcia Penny Linch and Albert C. Randolph. Samuel A. Linch is a real estate developer, and is married to Marcia Penny Linch. Linch and Randolph submitted their formal loan request, each enclosing a personal financial statement. The loan [...]

By | July 8th, 2019|Family Law Articles|0 Comments

USING THE EQUAL CREDIT OPPORTUNITY ACT AS A DEFENSE TO CO-GUARANTOR WIFE

Chesapeake Bay Builders, Inc. (Bay Builders) executed a promissory note in the sum of $100,000.  It was payable to the order of Chesapeake Bank and Trust. On the same date, Charles H. Eure, Jr., who was a principal in Bay Builders, and his spouse, Louise R. Eure, executed an "Unconditional Guaranty".    They agreed to guarantee [...]

By | July 8th, 2019|Family Law Articles|0 Comments

CAN YOU SUE A GUARDIAN AD LITEM?

An attorney was appointed as guardian ad litem (GAL) for a minor plaintiff.  There was a settlement for injuries she suffered in a motor vehicle accident.   The mother had been appointed by the court as the guardian of the minor’s estate. Eight years went by after the settlement.   The plaintiff minor sued her mother.   The [...]

MINOR CHILD IS THE JOINT OBLIGATION OF BOTH PARENTS

The Trial Court entered a judgment of dissolution.  It awarded permanent maintenance to the wife.   The wife had spent several years raising their daughter rather than pursuing a career. The Trial Court ordered the husband to pay half of the daughter's private high school tuition.  The husband argued that he should pay less than half [...]

By | June 24th, 2019|Child Support, Spousal Maintainence|0 Comments

WHEN IS A BIFURCATED JUDGMENT APPROPRIATE?

Wife filed a petition for dissolution for marriage.   Husband filed an answer and counterpetition.  He also filed a declaratory judgment action.  He was asking that their antenuptial agreement was valid and binding. At the conclusion of trial, husband's counsel requested the court to enter a judgment of dissolution.   Wife objected. Husband had a serious medical [...]

By | June 24th, 2019|Property Division|0 Comments

UH OH, BETTER NOT FIB

The issue in this appeal is whether a court may impose sanctions in the form of attorney fees under Illinois Supreme Court Rule 137(a) against a plaintiff to compensate an attorney defending himself against a frivolous cause of action. In support of his request for sanctions, defendant alleged that plaintiff made false statements in his [...]

By | June 24th, 2019|Family Law Articles|0 Comments

THE COURT SHOULD HAVE GRANTED THE REQUEST FOR NAME CHANGE

The mother of the minor child filed a petition to change the minor's legal last name.  From that of the child's father (an inmate in Department of Corrections) to that of the minor's stepfather. The Trial Court denied the mother’s petition.  She appealed. The Appellate Court found that the Trial Court had erred.  The Trial [...]

By | June 11th, 2019|The Best Interests of the Child|0 Comments