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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.

SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY PAYMENTS IN LIEU OF CHILD SUPPORT

Wife had filed a petition to dissolve her marriage to husband, which was granted. The judgment required husband to pay a certain amount per week in child support for the parties' two children. However, husband failed to meet his child support obligations.  Orders were entered for payment of the original amount of child support plus [...]

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

UNCOVERED MEDICAL EXPENSES ARE NOT PAID BY SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY FOR CHILD

Husband had been involved in a motor vehicle accident. He sustained severe injuries that left him permanently and totally disabled.  The court ruled that husband would not be required to pay child support as long as his only source of funds was a monthly social security disability benefit. The circuit court denied the husband’s petition [...]

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

THE DOWNSIDE OF USING A PREPRINTED FORM

THE DOWN SIDE OF USING A PREPRINTED FORM The Trial Court entered a two year plenary order of protection.  The male Respondent was ordered to stay 500 feet away from his ex-spouse and her 4 minor children for 1 year.   The Respondent appealed.  He argued that the circuit court erred in admitting into evidence [...]

JUDGE WOULD NOT COMPEL THE CHILD TO TESTIFY IN COURT

The Trial Court terminated the parental rights of the mother as to her daughter, age 9 at the time of the hearing. The Court deniedthe mother's motion to compel the daughter to testify at the termination hearing. J.C. was three when DCFS got involved.  An anonymous call was made to the Department of Children and [...]

By | July 29th, 2019|DCFS-related, Uncategorized|0 Comments

WHEN ARE CHILDREN OLD ENOUGH TO TESTIFY IN COURT?

Circuit Court granted wife a plenary order of protection against her estranged husband as to their 3 minor children.  The order reduced father's visitation with the children.  To 4 hours of weekly supervised visitation and 1 weekly telephone call per child. Husband appealed.  He argued that the circuit court erred by (1) admitting the minor [...]

By | July 24th, 2019|Family Law Issues|0 Comments

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