J. Richard Kulerski Esq.

J. Richard Kulerski Esq.

  • Arbitration & Mediation, Divorce, Family Law
  • Illinois
Claimed Lawyer ProfileQ&A

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
Professional Experience
member - Board of Directors
Mediation Council of Illinois
Loyola University Chicago
Benedictine College
DePaul University
Professional Associations
Illinois State Bar
Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois
- Current
DuPage Bar Association
Sustaining Member
- Current
Articles & Publications
The Secret to a Friendly Divorce
Wasteland Press
Divorce Buddy System
Author House
Websites & Blogs
Kulerski & Cornelison's Website
Legal Answers
221 Questions Answered

Q. My husband wants a divorce and also joint custody of the kids.
A: You can do anything you want until or unless a divorce judge says that you can't. Ask your husband where he went to law school.
Q. wife inhereited 4 mil, do I get any in a divorce?
A: No, not as such, unless she deposits it in an account held jointly with you, and you can prove donative intent. The good news is that you are likely to get a property division that is more than 50-50 because of her wealth. You sould also catch a break if maintenance (spousal support) is a factor in your situation.
Q. Does my divorce have to go to trial?
A: No. If you can reach a settlement with your spouse on all issues, a trial is not warranted, and is certainly not necessary.
Q. I'm getting divorced - I live in a different state than my ex -- is it okay to get the agreement notarized online?
A: Your question does not provide enough facts to allow for a proper answer. I'm not sure what you are asking; but, if your case is an Illinois case, the Marital Settlement Agreement does not have to be notarized.
Q. After several decades of marriage, my spouse and I are taking a one month break from each other.
A: Photograph the contents of the residence, and take all precious items of yours with you (i.e., your mother's favorite dish, your irreplaceable tools, golf clubs, etc.). You CAN return to the home after a month unless and until she gets a court order giving her exclusive possession of the home.
Q. My divorce was final in Dec 1997 before QILDRO. Are judges imposing a QILDRO when it comes time to split pension
A: A QILDRO was already "imposed" in your judgment. Typically people have them entered by the court shortly after the divorce. It is rare to wait until retirement. QILDROS are highly sophisticated documents, and should be prepared by an attorney who has special knowledge in this area. They are also expensive. Unless there is specific language in you judgment, the law is unclear as to which party is responsible to pay for the preparation and presentment of a QILDRO. What I have seen as the norm in my practice, is that the ex-spouse that wants the retirement benefit, pays to have the Order entered..
Q. After dissolution of marriage, can I make my ex wife change her name back?
A: No. Whether or not to keep her married name is entirely her decision.
Q. Am I able to switch an uncontested divorce to an annulment?
A: This depends on who filed the divorce, on who wants the annulment, and at what stage of the case you are at. Without this info, it is impossible to give you an authoritative answer. Typically, however, pleadings can be amended when permissible. Also, if a counter-petition for dissolution has not been filed, the party that started the case can voluntarily dismiss it without prejudice, and file a new case to his or her liking.
Q. what happens to my mortgage if i have to leave my home involuntarily because of a verbally abusive husband?
A: Practically speaking, the only way that he can be removed from the house is if you can prove he has violated the Domestic Violence Act. You are in a tough situation, and you need more than this Q & A forum can provide you. I sincerely believe that you would benefit from an in-person consultation with a divorce lawyer.
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