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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.

WAS HE LYING THEN, OR IS HE LYING NOW?

In a divorce case, there was a disputed $1,551,616.48 Fidelity account. At one time, this account contained husband's premarital fund.  It was a joint account between the parties. Later, husband transferred the account solely to wife. Husband testified he transferred the account to wife to protect the account from two malpractice actions that were then [...]

FILING A TIMELY PETITION FOR COLLEGE EXPENSES

The provisions of a divorce decree may be modified to require one or both parents to provide for the education and maintenance of a child.  Whether that child is of minority or majority age. But, provisions respecting maintenance or support may be modified only as to installments accruing after the filing of the motion for [...]

By | April 2nd, 2019|Child Support|0 Comments

WHO SHOULD RUN THE BUSINESS?

Husband filed a motion for a preliminary injunction against wife.  He had filed divorce proceedings.  He wanted the court to stop her from participation in the operation of their family-owned tavern. The trial court granted his request.  The wife appealed. The Appellate Court agreed with the trial court.  Wife had been employed as a bartender [...]

SITTING ON YOUR RIGHTS-YOU SHOULD HAVE STOOD UP SOONER

The Appellate Court agreed with wife’s argument that the trial court should not have entered a default judgment against her.  It had contained a joint custody order.  It contained full detail on how the parties were to share responsibilities and time with the children.  It divided up the assets between the parties.   It divided the [...]

YOU HAVE TO PAY SUPPORT DURING THE APPEAL

The former wife initiated proceedings against the former husband to enforce child-support provisions of their marital settlement agreement.   It had been incorporated in the judgment dissolving their marriage. The Trial Court ordered former husband to pay the child support arrearage.   It set his current child support obligation at $3,000 per month.   It found him in [...]

By | March 26th, 2019|Child Support|0 Comments

MAN DOES NOT WANT TO PAY ATTORNEY FEES

Husband engaged an attorney to assist him in the divorce.   They executed a written engagement agreement providing for a $ 2500 retainer.   This could be exceeded only by executing a further writing. A divorce was entered.  The attorney who assisted husband filed a petition to set final attorney fees and costs against husband.  The petition [...]

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

WHAT EXACTLY IS A SUBSTANTIAL CHANGE OF CIRCUMSTANCES?

The Trial Court denied husband's petition to modify his child support obligation. The Court found nothing to indicate that husband's child support obligation was based on the parties' mutual understanding.  Husband said they had agreed that wife would remain unemployed so long as husband was paying child support. The court interpreted this as follows.  The [...]

By | March 19th, 2019|Child Support, Financial Issues When Divorcing|0 Comments

THE PROPER DRAFTING OF A PETITION IS VERY IMPORTANT

In dissolution proceedings, The Trial Court entered a parenting agreement.  It granted sole care, custody, and control of the parties' two sons to the children's mother. It is now three years later.   Father filed for modification.   He alleged that his move to Indianapolis was a substantial change in circumstances.  He requested a majority of parenting [...]

BE CAREFUL WITH THE DRAFTING OF PRENUPS AND BENEFICIARY DESIGNATIONS

It was a month before they were married.  Toni and Charles signed a "Premarital Agreement." They agreed that the property of each would remain separate after their marriage.  They explicitly waived any right to each other's property. Two years after they were married, wife died. Her estate and her father now seek to enforce the [...]

SHOULD I SIGN THE PRENUP OR DELAY THE WEDDING?

Wife appeals from an order upholding a pre-nuptial agreement she and husband had signed.  The agreement provided that in the case of a divorce, wife would be given $1,400 per month for six years. She would also be entitled to half of the marital property, including furniture purchased after the marriage. Marital property was defined [...]

By | March 8th, 2019|Financial Issues When Divorcing|0 Comments