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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 SUE A GUARDIAN AD LITEM?

An attorney was appointed as guardian ad litem (GAL) for a minor plaintiff.  There was a settlement for injuries she suffered in a motor vehicle accident.   The mother had been appointed by the court as the guardian of the minor’s estate. Eight years went by after the settlement.   The plaintiff minor sued her mother.   The [...]

MINOR CHILD IS THE JOINT OBLIGATION OF BOTH PARENTS

The Trial Court entered a judgment of dissolution.  It awarded permanent maintenance to the wife.   The wife had spent several years raising their daughter rather than pursuing a career. The Trial Court ordered the husband to pay half of the daughter's private high school tuition.  The husband argued that he should pay less than half [...]

By | June 24th, 2019|Child Support, Spousal Maintainence|0 Comments

WHEN IS A BIFURCATED JUDGMENT APPROPRIATE?

Wife filed a petition for dissolution for marriage.   Husband filed an answer and counterpetition.  He also filed a declaratory judgment action.  He was asking that their antenuptial agreement was valid and binding. At the conclusion of trial, husband's counsel requested the court to enter a judgment of dissolution.   Wife objected. Husband had a serious medical [...]

By | June 24th, 2019|Property Division|0 Comments

UH OH, BETTER NOT FIB

The issue in this appeal is whether a court may impose sanctions in the form of attorney fees under Illinois Supreme Court Rule 137(a) against a plaintiff to compensate an attorney defending himself against a frivolous cause of action. In support of his request for sanctions, defendant alleged that plaintiff made false statements in his [...]

By | June 24th, 2019|Family Law Articles|0 Comments

THE COURT SHOULD HAVE GRANTED THE REQUEST FOR NAME CHANGE

The mother of the minor child filed a petition to change the minor's legal last name.  From that of the child's father (an inmate in Department of Corrections) to that of the minor's stepfather. The Trial Court denied the mother’s petition.  She appealed. The Appellate Court found that the Trial Court had erred.  The Trial [...]

By | June 11th, 2019|The Best Interests of the Child|0 Comments

PERMISSIVE MILITARY SERVICE CREDITS PURCHASED DURING THE MARRIAGE

The Trial Court found that ex-husband had to reimburse ex-wife for her marital share of funds used to purchase the enhancement. Ex-wife appealed.  She argued that the permissive military service credit was marital property since the enhancement had been purchased with marital funds. The Appellate Court reversed the Trial Court. It found that the permissive [...]

By | June 10th, 2019|Financial Issues When Divorcing|0 Comments

TAKE ACTION IN THE RIGHT WAY

Woman was in a divorce case.  She filed a breach of contract complaint against two sets of her attorneys. She alleged excessive fees against them.  The attorneys had originally filed fee petitions under Section 508 of the Dissolution of Marriage Act.   The case was not over at the time.  So, the court reserved its ruling [...]

By | June 10th, 2019|Divorce, Financial Issues When Divorcing|0 Comments

YOU ARE NOT THE LEGAL BENEFICIARY

Bruce and Linda were married. Bruce purchased two life insurance policies and an annuity from New York Life, and the Equitable Annuity. At the time Bruce purchased the policies, the beneficiaries of the policies were Linda and their children. Later, Linda filed a dissolution action against Bruce. By agreement of both Bruce and Linda, the [...]

By | May 15th, 2019|Financial Issues When Divorcing|0 Comments

WHERE’S HOME?

Wife filed suit for legal separation and maintenance from her husband. He answered and counterclaimed for divorce. The trial court denied wife’s claim for separate maintenance.  It granted the divorce requested in husband’s counterclaim. Wife then contended that the trial court did not have jurisdiction to enter a decree.  She argued that neither of them [...]

By | May 14th, 2019|Family Law Issues|0 Comments

DEFAULT JUDGMENT DOES NOT END THE LITIGATION

The parties had been married in Iowa. They lived together until wife moved to Illinois. Wife filed a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage in Illinois. Summons was issued to husband.  He was then a resident of the state of Georgia.   He was personally served. The petition for dissolution requested that the court award wife a [...]