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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.

IN CONFORMITY WITH PEOPLE MOVING AROUND SO MUCH

Illinois House Bill 2186 will amend the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act.  The bill changes the definition of "relocation".  It is revised to mean a change of residence from the child's current primary residence to a new residence within this State. It will no longer be a location in a specific county within [...]

WHAT IS DISSIPATION?

A party charged with dissipating marital assets is obliged to establish how those funds were spent by clear and specific evidence.   General and vague statements that the funds were spent on marital expenses or to pay bills will not suffice to avoid a finding of dissipation. A party charged with dissipating marital assets is obliged [...]

By | February 13th, 2019|Financial Issues When Divorcing, Property Division|0 Comments

IN JAIL? THAT DOESN’T STOP YOUR CHILD SUPPORT DUTY

The child support statute does not limit what assets the court can reach.  To assure the child support order is satisfied.  The husband was sentenced to 73 years in prison for the attempted murder of his wife.  And the murder of her boyfriend.  The trial court did not order child support as husband had no [...]

By | February 13th, 2019|Child Support|0 Comments

CAN THE COURT MAKE YOU DO YOUR BEST TO EARN INCOME FOR CHILD SUPPORT?

A parent cannot reduce his or her child support obligation by voluntarily leaving their job.   Or working far below his or her ability to earn income. Father was an exterminator.  He left his job to start his own exterminating business.  He invested heavily in the new business.  He earned far less on his own than [...]

By | February 13th, 2019|Child Support|0 Comments

HE OWES MONEY BACK TO THE MARITAL ESTATE

Wife contends the trial court failed to reimburse the marital estate.  For marital funds contributed to husband's nonmarital residence. The Appellate Court agreed. The parties had agreed that $15,942.95 was paid from marital funds.  To make improvements to the residence.  And $6,213.44 was paid to reduce husband's mortgage.  Husband was awarded the residence as his [...]

WAIVING AN INTEREST MEANS YOU NO LONGER HAVE AN INTEREST IN THAT ASSET

The parties divorced.  Each party kept their own retirement assets.  Each waived an interest of any kind in the other’s retirement assets.  Ex-husband died after the divorce.  He never executed a document changing the ex-wife as the beneficiary to his 401(k) account. The Executor for ex-husband informed Fidelity Brokerage Service that the 401(k) account should [...]

By | February 6th, 2019|Post-Decree Issues, Property Division|0 Comments

LOST WAGE COMPENSATION AND WORKER’S COMPENSATION

Husband appeals from an order of the circuit court finding that a workers' compensation settlement was marital property.  The trial court had awarded 50% of the settlement to wife. Husband argues that the trial court erred in classifying the entire workers' compensation settlement as marital property.  He says that the settlement is compensation for his [...]

CAN YOU KEEP ALL OF YOUR DISABILITY PENSION INCOME?

The military pension of husband was ordered 25% to wife and 75% to husband.  It was to be paid if and when the pension was received. Husband later retired from the military.  After 20 years of service, at the rank of Major.  Husband would have been eligible to receive retired or retainer pay in the [...]

By | January 30th, 2019|Military Divorce Law|0 Comments

ON A CASE BY CASE BASIS FOR RELOCATION OF THE CHILDREN

Husband and wife were awarded joint custody of the children.  Primary physical custody going to husband.   While school was in session, the children spent 6 out of every 14 nights with wife.   When school was not in session, the children spent alternate weeks with each parent. Later, husband filed a notice of intent to relocate [...]