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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.

CAN YOU STOP SUPPORTING YOUR CHILD BECAUSE YOU DON’T GET ALONG?

Mother filed a petition for father to contribute to their son’s college expenses. The petition alleged that son had graduated from Marmion Academy in Aurora with a 3.75 grade point average.  He would be enrolling at Purdue University in the fall. The cost of attending Purdue University was approximately $20,000 per year.   Son would not [...]

By | January 23rd, 2019|Child Support, Post-Decree Issues|0 Comments

CAN YOU TAKE BACK WHAT YOU SAID IN FRONT OF A JURY?

Defendant wife was charged with 2 counts of domestic battery against her husband.  The case proceeded to jury trial. Both sides gave closing arguments.  Defense counsel told the jury that husband had a “very powerful reason” to accuse his wife of battering him.  That reason was that they were in the middle of divorce proceedings.  [...]

A CHILD SUPPORT DUTY AND CONSIDERING A NEW SPOUSE’S INCOME

Wife filed a petition to modify child support.  The court considered the joint income of husband and his current wife in assessing child support.  Husband wanted the court to only look at his income. The Trial Court did consider current wife’s income, along with husband’s.  Husband appealed.   The Appellate Court agreed with the trial court. [...]

By | January 20th, 2019|Child Support|0 Comments

CAN HUSBAND REDUCE CHILD SUPPORT BECAUSE HE RETIRED?

Husband petitioned for reduction of his child support payments.  He claimed that his involuntary termination led to his early retirement.  He claimed that, at age 64, he no longer earned the same net income that the support amount had been based in 2010.  The Court granted the petition. Wife appealed. The Appellate Court reversed the [...]

By | January 19th, 2019|Child Support|0 Comments

CAN YOU CAP CHILD SUPPORT?

The parties’ Marital Settlement Agreement (MSA) capped child support from Husband. He was to pay 28% of his net income up to $300,000.  They agreed he would have no obligation to pay child support on income he received above $300,000. Wife later filed a Petition to Modify and Increase the Child Support. Husband filed a [...]

By | January 12th, 2019|Child Support|0 Comments

WHAT MATTERS MOST IS WHAT IS IN THE CHILD’S BEST INTEREST

The minor was placed in a foster home.  He has resided there throughout the pendency of the abuse and neglect case. The Court focused on the mother’s parental fitness.  It set a goal of the minor returning home to mother within 12 months.  DCFS appealed. DCFS argued that guardianship of the child should be the [...]

By | January 12th, 2019|DCFS-related|0 Comments

I AM NOT THE DAD!

The divorce decree included a child custody agreement.  It was for a minor child born to wife during the marriage.  Wife filed a petition alleging that husband was not paying his share of the child’s expenses. Husband filed a petition to terminate his parent and child relationship with the minor.   Husband had always thought he [...]

By | January 4th, 2019|Paternity, Uncategorized|0 Comments

FATHER DID NOT TAKE OPPORTUNITIES FOR MORE TIME WITH THE CHILDREN

Court allowed the wife permission to move from Illinois to North Carolina with the parties' two minor children.  Husband appealed the reduction of his visitation. He had wanted even more visitation with the children than he was now given. When the parties had divorced, the court awarded joint custody to the parties.  Wife was the [...]

By | January 4th, 2019|Interstate and International Custody Issues|0 Comments

PERMANENT MEANS INDEFINITE

Husband was to pay financial support to wife for sixty months.  It was to support both the wife and the parties' then-minor child. Payments were made for sixty months.   Then wife asked the court to extend husband's maintenance obligation. After trial, the court ordered husband to pay permanent maintenance.   And to pay retroactive maintenance dating [...]

By | January 4th, 2019|Maintenance|0 Comments

YOUR PAST CAN FOLLOW YOU

The parties are in court for a hearing for a two year order of protection.   The mother testified to two specific fact patterns that did not appear in her underlying petition.   (1) that the father had pushed their son into a wall.   And, (2) that the father hit their son in thehead with a cell [...]

By | December 18th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments