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
DePaul University
J.D.
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Benedictine College
Undergraduate
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
477 Questions Answered

Q. Petition for divorce was entered and Date set. Decided not to get divorced but now want to proceed. How do I reopen?
A: The answer to your question would depend on whether you caused your case to be dismissed, and how and when it was dismissed. You have not furnished enough facts to enable a responsible answer. Filing a new case may be easier than trying to revive the first case.
Q. Confused - downsides of getting a prenup and declaring assets ahead of time? Is it better to hide premarital assets?
A: If you want your pre-nuptial agreement to be valid, you MUST list ALL of your assets. It's for your own protection. Besure to provide in your agreement which state's law will apply in the event of a divorce. You can specify this. A lawyer can advise you how to handle assets acquired and money earned during the marriage.
Q. Can a spouse receive alimony in IL from a spouse who receives VA service-connected disability compensation?
A: Yes, the income from veteran disability benefits can definitely be included (but not garnished) when computiing the veteran's alimony obligation.
Q. Do you need to declare liquid assets that have a beneficiary in a prenup in illinois (bank accounts and retirement)?
A: If you are merely the beneficiary, the asset is not yours and you do not have to list it. However, if it is your account and someome else is the beneficiary, then you should and must list it. Doing so is for your own protection going forward.
Q. how long do you have to be separated for it to be considered legal
A: It can never be a Legal Separation unless a specific Judgment for Legal Separation is entered by a court. You can live apart for 70 years, and all you are is living apart. Time does not make a separation "legal" only a Judgment can do that.
Q. I'm looking for a good experience divorce lawyer in Kankakee County.
A: You really should consult in person with a divorce lawyer who will be able to learn all of the facts of your situation, and then advise you accordingly. However, some of your questions can be answered based on the info you provided. Your wife's retitement funds are a marital asset, and you are entitled to your equitable share of same (typically, 50%). Whatever money you spend to make the home saleable will presumably be marital money (of which your wife owns 50%), so you will not get a credit of 100% of what you spend. The gifts each of you received from your mother belong 100% to the person to whom the money was gifted. Don't spend any of your gifted money on home repairs if you hope to avoid legal implications. The only way to protect gifted money is to put it in an account in your name only, and never add any earned money to it.
Q. My ex is court ordered to pay child support and we are both court ordered to pay half of daycare each. He has not been
A: Your day care provider has no standing to take him to court. Only you can do this. What he scribbled on the checks is meaningless. The likelihood is that the judge will rule in your favor. Judges don't like wiseguys.
Q. She hasn't, lived with me for over a yr now can i claim she abandoned me and she cant get house are car I just bought
A: Any rights she has to the car and the house are NOT negated by the fact that you are not living together. She has a valid claim to her equitable share of anything acquired during the marriage (as long as it is not by gift or inheritance). "Abandonment" is a term the is vastly misunderstood by the public.
Q. I'm separated from my husband who has bipolar. I'd like to use a mediator but I want full custody. Is this recommended?
A: It is certainly possible for mediation to be successful. However, from my experience, mediation requires that both spouses be reasonable in their thinking, and free from significant emotional impairments. Your description of your husband does not lend itself to his being a mediation candidate.
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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