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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.

FATHER’S CONSENT TO ADOPTION REQUIRED

Mother and stepfather petitioned for termination of the biological father's parental rights.  They wanted to adopt the child together. The Circuit Court terminated the biological father's parental rights.  This was based on the biological father’s failure to register with the putative father registry. The biological father appealed. The Appellate Court saw that the biological father's [...]

By | May 2nd, 2019|Adoption, Family Law Articles|0 Comments

IS THE CHILD AN INDIAN CHILD?

The child was adjudicated as a neglected minor on two occasions.    The State alleged that the parents physically abused S.S. or allowed such abuse to occur.   And, and that C.N. was at risk. According to the State's petition, S.S. was hospitalized with two skull fractures, a laceration to the forehead, and bruises to the head, [...]

By | May 2nd, 2019|DCFS-related|0 Comments

YOU CAN’T CALL CHILD SUPPORT MAINTENANCE

The Trial Court initially awarded the wife $6,000 per month for maintenance.  And $6,000 per month for child support for a single minor child.  Husband earned $550,000 annually.   The Trial Court then reconsidered the awards.  It then ordered $15,000 maintenance and no child support.  Should the maintenance terminate while the child remains unemancipated, then [...]

By | April 25th, 2019|Child Support, Spousal Maintainence|0 Comments

VOW TO CARE FOR A SPOUSE UNTIL DEATH REMAINS A WEE BIT INTACT

The trial court held that the home in which parties resided for their 28–year marriage was marital property.  It awarded the home and its furnishings to wife.  Husband appealed. The marital home, located in Winnetka was acquired by the parties after their marriage.   It was acquired and built from the proceeds from the sale of [...]

By | April 25th, 2019|Property Division, Uncategorized|0 Comments

IT’S OURS, NOT YOURS

At the divorce trial, the Trial Court held that the marital residence was husband’s non marital property.  It ordered husband to reimburse the marital estate for monies it had contributed to build the marital residence. Wife argued that the residence was marital property.  Wife appealed. Husband had contributed a substantial amount of non-marital funds towards [...]

By | April 25th, 2019|Property Division, Uncategorized|0 Comments

WIFE WENT TO COURT WITHOUT NEEDING TO

The Trial Court entered a judgment for dissolution of marriage in 2011.   It included the following language re the marital residence: The equitable interest on the property is divided 50-50 between the parties.   It is subject to repayment of any loans on the premises.  And it is subject to any existing guarantees for which actual [...]

By | April 19th, 2019|Post-Decree Issues|0 Comments

IS IT CIVIL OR CRIMINAL CONTEMPT?

The trial court entered a judgment of dissolution.  A few days before trial, wife’s attorney was allowed to withdraw from representing her.  On the same date that the attorney had filed the motion to withdraw. Wife was awarded a condo owned by the parties. Wife was required to pay all expenses associated with the condo.  [...]

By | April 19th, 2019|Financial Issues When Divorcing, Uncategorized|0 Comments

STILL LEARNING HOW TO APPLY THE NEW MAINTENANCE GUIDELINES

The Trial Court denied ex-husband's petition to modify or terminate maintenance.  It granted ex-wife's motion to modify maintenance.  It calculated maintenance to wife based on the amended guidelines.  The parties’ divorce had taken place before the new guidelines were in effect. The Trial Court increased ex-husband's obligation based on its calculation of his income.   Husband [...]

By | April 19th, 2019|Spousal Maintainence, Uncategorized|0 Comments

MAINTENANCE-OLD OR NEW GUIDELINES APPLY?

The Trial Court entered an order extending husband's maintenance obligation. Husband appealed.  The original divorce order had provided that wife was to receive maintenance for a period of two years.  She was authorized to seek an extension of maintenance before the two-year period expired. The Appellate Court agreed with the Trial Court.  It said that [...]

By | April 9th, 2019|Spousal Maintainence|0 Comments

NO MARRIAGE, SO RETURN THE WEDDING RING?

Man filed a replevin action against his former fiance for return of a diamond engagement ring.  Attached to the complaint was a form entitled "Insurance Replacement Appraisal," from a jeweler.  The estimated value of the rig was $100,000.  A picture of the ring was included. The man argued that an engagement ring is a gift [...]

By | April 3rd, 2019|Family Law Issues, Property Division|0 Comments