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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.

WHY CAN’T I MOVE THE CASE FROM ILLINOIS?

Father filed a petition to vacate portions of the Illinois divorce decree. The trial court vacated the child custody and child support provisions of a judgment of dissolution of marriage.   The court ordered that the issue of child custody would be decided in Illinois.   Mother and child now lived in the State of Texas.  Mother [...]

By | October 1st, 2019|Interstate and International Custody Issues|0 Comments

CAN A COURT IGNORE AN AGREEMENT OF THE PARTIES?

Parties divorced in Illinois. Mother was granted leave to move to New York with the minor child. The  removal and visitation order contained a forum-selection clause.  The parties had agreed on it as part of the agreement for mother to move with the child to New York.  It required that jurisdiction remain with the State [...]

By | October 1st, 2019|Interstate and International Custody Issues|0 Comments

SUPPORT FROM DECEDENT’S ESTATE IN PROBATE COURT

Mother filed claims for a “child's awards” under the Probate Act of 1975.  And for child support under the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act.  This was in probate proceedings for the estate of the decedent, father.  The circuit court granted the child's awards pursuant to the Probate Act.  But, it denied a claim [...]

By | September 19th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

CHILD SUPPORT FROM DECEDENT’S ESTATE

Prior to the 1991 amendment, case law did not allow children to obtain educational support from their divorced parents’ estates.  Unless there was an obligation for the parent to provide such support prior to his death.  Treacy v. Treacy, 204 IllApp3d 282. Section 510€ provides that a petition seeking to have a court order child [...]

By | September 19th, 2019|Child Support|0 Comments

SO, YOU HAVE EVIDENCE TO PROVE THESE ARE LOANS?

Husband incorporated JDS Homes, a construction business.  In 2006, JDS Homes purchased a parcel of land in Burr Ridge known as the Crosscreek Subdivision. The land was divided into 10 separate lots. With the exception of Lot 7, all of the lots were developed and sold. In 2012, respondent incorporated JDS Home Builders. Lot 7 [...]

By | September 17th, 2019|Financial Issues When Divorcing|0 Comments

DID FORMER WIFE REALLY TRY TO FIND EMPLOYMENT?

The trial court had found that wife was in need of assistance but declined to make a permanent award of maintenance so that wife would be encouraged to become self-sufficient. During one of the hearings, the trial court explicitly stated that it was not awarding permanent maintenance because such an award would eliminate any incentive [...]

By | September 5th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

DID A SUBSTANTIAL CHANGE OF CIRCUMSTANCES TAKE PLACE?

Divorced mother petitioned for modification of child support. The Trial Court entered an order increasing Father's child support obligation. Father appealed. The Appellate Court held that the increase in father's available income resulting from the termination of spousal support and car payments on wife's vehicle was contemplated by the original divorce decree.  Therefore, it did [...]

By | September 5th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

AGREEING TO MAKE A WILL IN A DIVORCE JUDGMENT

The parties divorce. In their agreement, they are each to make and keep in full force and effect a valid will.  It is to provide that each of them will give and bequeath at least 50% of their net estate to their six children in equal shares.   They also agreed to a remedy in [...]

By | August 21st, 2019|Property Division|0 Comments

FATHER NEEDS TO MAINTAIN A REASONABLE DEGREE OF INTEREST IN HIS CHILD

The trial court entered an order terminating father's parental rights as to his minor daughter.  She was then five years old.   The court granted mother’s and another man’s petition to adopt the child. The court found father an unfit parent.  On the basis that he failed to maintain a reasonable degree of interest, concern, or [...]

By | August 21st, 2019|Adoption, Uncategorized|0 Comments

SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY PAYMENTS IN LIEU OF CHILD SUPPORT

Wife had filed a petition to dissolve her marriage to husband, which was granted. The judgment required husband to pay a certain amount per week in child support for the parties' two children. However, husband failed to meet his child support obligations.  Orders were entered for payment of the original amount of child support plus [...]

By | August 5th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments