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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.

PARTIES BOUGHT CREDITS FOR HUSBAND’S PRE-MARRIAGE MILITARY SERVICE

Is permissive pension service credit based on time served in the military marital or nonmarital property?  The court needed to look at the facts of the case, of course. The parties had purchased permissive service credit in the Illinois State Retirement System during their marriage.  It was based on time the husband had served in [...]

By | November 25th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

FATHER PROPERLY PREVENTED FROM HAVING CONTACT WITH HIS CHILD

Father filed a complaint to determine parentage in the trial court.  He was initially granted supervised parenting time.   Later, the court entered a parenting order that reserved parenting time for father.  This was because of his incarceration at that time. The Trial Court entered a preliminary injunction.  The father was stopped from any contact or [...]

By | November 25th, 2019|Adoption, Uncategorized|0 Comments

WIFE JUST WANTED HUSBAND TO LEAVE HER ALONE

Wife filed A verified petition for A plenary order of protection against her husband of 45 years.   She alleged a history of verbal, emotional, and physical abuse that spanned decades.  But, it recently increased in frequency and severity. Following a hearing on the petition, the court granted wife’s petition. It made several findings as to [...]

By | November 15th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

DON’T ARGUE OVER STUFF THAT DOESN’T MATTER

Parties are divorced already.  The circuit court granted the wife’s Petition to increase child support.   She also filed a Petition for contribution to her attorney’s fees.  For most of the case, husband did not have an attorney.  Husband appealed on a number of grounds. Husband’s first argument on appeal is that the circuit court lacked [...]

By | November 9th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

I DIDN’T KNOW HE DIDN’T PAY THE MORTGAGE

During trial, wife testified that the marital residence had been listed for sale at $279,000 with two outstanding mortgages, totaling $170,000. The parties agreed that the residence had roughly $100,000 in equity. To wife’s knowledge, husband had paid all mortgage and tax payments.  He had not. Then, judgment for foreclosure and sale of the marital [...]

By | November 7th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

WHY DIDN’T YOU COME FORTH EARLIER?

 The court entered an order finding that Respondent father was unfit to parent his 4-year-old minor child.  It was in the minor's best interest to terminate his parental rights. The juvenile court expressly found Respondent not to be credible.  The court was permitted to take into account the fact that Respondent had knowingly remained uninvolved [...]

By | November 7th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

DEBT IS NOT TO BE TREATED AS A CREDIT FOR FATHER’S CHILD SUPPORT OBLIGATIONS

The Marital settlement agreement (MSA) provided that husband owed wife a child support arrearage in the amount of $79,301.44.  He would repay that debt by reimbursing each of the 3 children's section 529 plans accordingly.    The parties  would jointly bear the children's higher education expenses.  The MSA did not provide that husband's repayment of the [...]

By | October 31st, 2019|Financial Issues When Divorcing|0 Comments

SWAPPING PROPERTY OBLIGATIONS

Pursuant to the terms of the divorce judgment, husband was to make three $5,000 payments to wife over a one-year period. Wife was also to receive specified marital property. Husband was to receive the remainder of the property. Each of the parties subsequently filed petitions for rule to show cause.  Each alleged that the other [...]

By | October 23rd, 2019|Property Division|0 Comments

PAY YOUR CHILD SUPPORT AND THEN GO AFTER MONIES OWED TO YOU

The Court refused to offset the father’s unallocated maintenance and child support arrearage by the amount he allegedly paid to third parties for the mother’s benefit.  The support order was not modifiable by the father alone.  The court refused to order mother to reimburse father for monies he had paid to third parties for her.  [...]

By | October 23rd, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

RETIREMENT AND DISABILITY BENEFITS

After court entered judgment of dissolution.  Husband died.  Then, wife (Jodi) filed 3rd-party complaint against Mary.  Mary was husband's wife at the time of his death.  Jodi alleged that Mary was unjustly enriched because she was receiving a pension as surviving spouse of a disabled firefighter under Section 4-114 of Pension Code. The Trial Court [...]