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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.

WHO’S MY FATHER?

There were allegations of abuse by their father, Jaime D.   A 5-year-old boy, J.D., and his 2 sisters were placed in temporary custody of DCFS.  A DNA test then showed that Jaime D. was not the boy’s father. Mother testified that a different man, Alejandro A., was the boy's father. Jaime D. had signed a [...]

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

WAS FATHER AN UNFIT PERSON UNDER THE LAW?

Father’s parental rights to his minor child were terminated.   Before the child’s birth, father had been convicted of at least three felonies.  Therefore, father was “depraved”.  This was the basis of his loss of parental rights.  He was an unfit person under the law. The court recognized that one of the felonies had been found [...]

CAN’T I HAVE TWO FATHERS? YES, SORTA

If Todd can prove that Robert was his natural father, he may inherit from both his natural father and adoptive parents. A finding in the probate action that Todd is the natural son of Robert would have no effect on the adoption. William Renchen would still be Todd's legal father. Todd is trying to establish [...]

By | December 5th, 2018|Adoption, Family Law Issues, Uncategorized|0 Comments

WHAT CAN HAPPEN IF YOU DON’T RESPOND TO DISCOVERY REQUESTS?

The trial court held a hearing on the status of the discovery of this case. Plaintiffs stated that as of that date, the defendant had still not produced all of the requested documents. Defendant's counsel stated that his client was in good-faith compliance with the spirit of discovery. He complained that most of the documents [...]

By | December 5th, 2018|Family Law Articles, Uncategorized|0 Comments

MAKE SURE YOU ARE USING VALID REASONS FOR NOT ANSWERING

Defendant appeals from the order of the Circuit Court compelling her answers to certain questions. They had been asked during the taking of her discovery deposition. Plaintiff was awarded his costs for the noncompliance by defendant. Plaintiff's attorney had requested that the defendant produce certain documents within 28 days. It was now a day or [...]

By | December 5th, 2018|Family Law Articles, Uncategorized|0 Comments

THE VOW OF MARRIAGE TO CARE FOR A SPOUSE UNTIL DEATH….

The divorce court first listed all of the various items of property. It then placed a total value on each item of property. In this case that total value was $2,847,964.51. The court then determined which items of property were marital and which items were nonmarital. The trial court concluded that husband was entitled to [...]

By | November 27th, 2018|Financial Issues When Divorcing, Uncategorized|0 Comments

IS IT A NONMARITAL ASSET OR IS IT MARITAL INCOME?

The divorce court classified husband's interest in the retained earnings of a closely held subchapter S corporation as nonmarital property. It awarded wife approximately 60% of the marital estate. Wife appealed. Wife maintained that the retained earnings should be classified as a marital asset. Because they are not corporate assets but rather income available to [...]

By | November 27th, 2018|Financial Issues When Divorcing, Uncategorized|0 Comments

COURT ALSO CONSIDERS THE NONMARITAL PROPERTY

Wife has nonmarital assets of $1 million. The previous year, it had generated income of $69,000. The record additionally reflects wife has experience teaching high school students. Wife could increase her income if she chose to return to teaching. Husband has no nonmarital assets. He has nonmarital debts of $70,000 from the business. He earned [...]

ARE SICK DAYS AND VACATION DAYS MARITAL PROPERTY?

The Illinois Supreme Court held that: 1 Accrued vacation and sick days are not marital property. They are not subject to distribution in a dissolution of marriage action. But 2 It is marital property if a party has actually received payment for vacation and/or sick days. If they are accrued during marriage before a divorce [...]

By | November 17th, 2018|Financial Issues When Divorcing|0 Comments

BATTLE OF THE EXPERTS

Parties divorce. Wife appealed a number of issues. One of them is the valuation of husband’s share in a corporation. The Appellate Court did not agree with Wife’s arguments for the valuation. Wife’s expert, Lipman, testified that the capitalization of excess earnings method is generally employed in divorce cases. He wrote a valuation report. He [...]

By | November 17th, 2018|Property Division, Uncategorized|0 Comments