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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.

SWAPPING PROPERTY OBLIGATIONS

Pursuant to the terms of the divorce judgment, husband was to make three $5,000 payments to wife over a one-year period. Wife was also to receive specified marital property. Husband was to receive the remainder of the property. Each of the parties subsequently filed petitions for rule to show cause.  Each alleged that the other [...]

By | October 23rd, 2019|Property Division|0 Comments

PAY YOUR CHILD SUPPORT AND THEN GO AFTER MONIES OWED TO YOU

The Court refused to offset the father’s unallocated maintenance and child support arrearage by the amount he allegedly paid to third parties for the mother’s benefit.  The support order was not modifiable by the father alone.  The court refused to order mother to reimburse father for monies he had paid to third parties for her.  [...]

By | October 23rd, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

RETIREMENT AND DISABILITY BENEFITS

After court entered judgment of dissolution.  Husband died.  Then, wife (Jodi) filed 3rd-party complaint against Mary.  Mary was husband's wife at the time of his death.  Jodi alleged that Mary was unjustly enriched because she was receiving a pension as surviving spouse of a disabled firefighter under Section 4-114 of Pension Code. The Trial Court [...]

ANY CHANGES SINCE THE MOST RECENT SUPPORT JUDGMENT?

Ex husband filed a petition to reduce his child-support obligations. The trial court found that there had not been a substantial change in circumstances even though ex husband's overnight custody had grown from 15% to 45%. The court explained that ex husband's increased share of custody was too long ago. It had taken place five [...]

By | October 18th, 2019|Child Support|0 Comments

IS MOTHER TOO LATE TO DECLARE THAT THE MAN IS NOT THE CHILD’S DAD?

Mother requested that the Court enter an order declaring the non-existence of a parental relationship.  She had informed the court and her guardian ad litem that the Man might not be the minor child’s biological father. The Man argued that because Mother’s petition was not timely.  He argued that Mother had become aware of this [...]

By | October 18th, 2019|Paternity|0 Comments

SDU PAYMENT HISTORY USED AS PROOF OF NONPAYMENT BY EX HUSBAND

The trial court held numerous hearings on multiple postjudgment issues.  These issues had been pending for several years.  The trial court entered an order denying a finding of contempt against ex husband for nonpayment of child support expenses.  Ex wife appealed. The appellate court reversed.  It held that the ex wife had met her burden.  [...]

By | October 18th, 2019|Child Support|0 Comments

WHAT STATE SHOULD DECIDE CHILD CUSTODY MATTERS?

The parties were divorced in North Carolina.  Joint custody of the minor child was awarded to the parties by the North Carolina court. Later, the parties independently moved to Du Page County, Illinois. By agreement, the judgment of dissolution entered in North Carolina was registered and enrolled in the circuit court of Du Page County. [...]

By | October 1st, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

WHY CAN’T I MOVE THE CASE FROM ILLINOIS?

Father filed a petition to vacate portions of the Illinois divorce decree. The trial court vacated the child custody and child support provisions of a judgment of dissolution of marriage.   The court ordered that the issue of child custody would be decided in Illinois.   Mother and child now lived in the State of Texas.  Mother [...]

By | October 1st, 2019|Interstate and International Custody Issues|0 Comments

CAN A COURT IGNORE AN AGREEMENT OF THE PARTIES?

Parties divorced in Illinois. Mother was granted leave to move to New York with the minor child. The  removal and visitation order contained a forum-selection clause.  The parties had agreed on it as part of the agreement for mother to move with the child to New York.  It required that jurisdiction remain with the State [...]

By | October 1st, 2019|Interstate and International Custody Issues|0 Comments

SUPPORT FROM DECEDENT’S ESTATE IN PROBATE COURT

Mother filed claims for a “child's awards” under the Probate Act of 1975.  And for child support under the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act.  This was in probate proceedings for the estate of the decedent, father.  The circuit court granted the child's awards pursuant to the Probate Act.  But, it denied a claim [...]

By | September 19th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments