J. Richard Kulerski Esq.

J. Richard Kulerski Esq.

  • Arbitration & Mediation, Divorce, Family Law
  • Illinois
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Summary

J. Richard Kulerski is a partner in the Oak Brook (and downtown Chicago) divorce law firm of Kulerski and Cornelison. Richard has over four decades of trial experience in the divorce courts of Cook and DuPage counties, IL. and is a Harvard trained mediator and settlement negotiator. Richard and his partner, Kari Cornelison, are staunch advocates of the settlement approach to divorce and both are active in divorce mediation, collaborative divorce law and in the rapidly growing cooperative divorce movement.

Practice Areas
  • Arbitration & Mediation
  • Divorce
  • Family Law
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Illinois
Professional Experience
member - Board of Directors
Mediation Council of Illinois
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Education
Loyola University Chicago
Undergraduate
Benedictine College
Undergraduate
DePaul University
J.D.
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Professional Associations
Illinois State Bar
Member
Current
Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois
Fellow
- Current
DuPage Bar Association
Sustaining Member
- Current
Publications
Articles & Publications
The Secret to a Friendly Divorce
Wasteland Press
Divorce Buddy System
Author House
Websites & Blogs
Website
Kulerski & Cornelison's Website
Legal Answers
289 Questions Answered

Q. If Marital Agreement Is Signed By Wife Can She Change Terms on Day Of Court
A: You have not provided enough facts to allow for a definitive answer. How long ago was the Judgment entered? Can she establish that she didn't understand the deal, or was unduly influenced into signing? There are several factors that come into play, and you haven't even mentioned them. You say "our lawyer". One lawyer cannot ethically represent both sides of a case. This, in and of itself, and depending on the circumstances, could give her a good argument for trying to set the Agreement aside. Lawyers who work with both parties in a divorce run the risk of this sort of thing happening.
Q. My husband and I have been married for 6 years. I make double the amount of money he does. Will I have to pay alimony?
A: Without knowing more of your facts, which might cause a deviation from Illinois' maintenance guidelines, you will, indeed, be expected to pay maintenance to him for 2.4 years.
Q. Can I let my exs new boyfriend (s) know that she has herpes?
A: This is not a divorce question. Please redirect your question to Justia's attorneys who handle personal injury, slander, and defamation of character cases.
Q. This one is thought provoking. I have two attorneys on two separate civil matters. They disagree but the matters are....
A: This site is designed to give general info to the public, and not specific legal advice. Aside from that, you have not provided enough facts to enable us to give you a responsible answer. Most of all, it is improper for any of Justia's cooperating attorneys to venture an opinion based upon the fact that you are already represented. Your attorneys know all of the facts, we don't. The best answer to your question must come from them.
Q. Been separated for over 13, years 1child over 25 no community property or assets what if anything is my ex entitled to
A: What do you mean when you say there are no community assets? Since you were still married during the separation, whatever each of you has accumulated is marital property, and is subject to division by the court. The facts of your case and the judge will determine what the percentage of the division will be.
Q. What are the best steps to take to gain custody of my child if my ex and I aren't legally divorced yet?
A: You have two problems. The first is that your spouse is entitled to reasonable parenting time (f/n/a visitation) with the child, no matter what. So, even if you get "custody", the likelihood is that your spouse will still have parenting time with the child. Your child could still come home dirty, etc. The second problem is evidence. You have to be able to prove where the fleas came from. Tough job. You have to be able to prove that the visitation your spouse presently has is NOT reasonable. Take photos of the child after visitation, and date them. See if you can arrange for witness to see the child's appearance immediately upon return after visitation. Document everything you can, and hire a lawyer.
Q. I get spousal support until October this year. It was set up as reviewable at the end. Would I qualify for a the new law
A: The new maintenance statute does not specifically address this issue. However, the specific language of your judgment should be of some help in sorting this out. I suggest that you consult in person with a divorce lawyer.
Q. Ex husband demanding copies of my pay stubs and bonus structure. Do I have to provide?
A: You are correct. Our new child support law specifically spells out that the new law, in and of itself, is not a valid reason to revisit the amount of child support that was ordered prior to July 1, 2017. Your ex would have to be able to prove a substantial change of circumstance that is separate and apart from the change in the law.
Q. At what point during divorce proceedings is child custody decided? Child in this case is 15.
A: Our law requires that custody be determined no later than 15 months after the case is filed. Your situation seems to be compounded by the issue of removing the child to another state. If the case actually goes to trial, you should expect to wait for most or all of 15 months.
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Contact & Map
Oak Brook Terrace Office
1 S 660 Midwest Road
Suite 320
Oak Brook Terrace, IL 60181
USA
Telephone: (630) 928-0600
Fax: (630) 928-0670
Chicago Office
47 W. Polk Street
Suite M11
Chicago, IL 60605
USA
Telephone: (312) 235-0100
Fax: (630) 928-0670