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
253 Questions Answered

Q. Union says it won't accept qdro in divorce settlement. Can the union do this?
A: Federal law requires the Plan Administrator for a union pension to accept and process a properly prepared and entered QDRO. If they reject a QDRO, it means the QDRO does not meet the standards that they have the right to set. QDRO's often need to be revised and resubmitted until they meet the proper requirements.
Q. Do I have to make my son go with his dad?
A: Because no case has been filed and no visitation Orders have been entered, you and your son (along with your husband) may do as you wish. All three of you have the same rights as you would have in a happy marriage.
Q. If a person is awarded a structured settlement before they are married and receive a payment after separation
A: Based on the facts you have provided, the structured settlement was obtained prior to the marriage, which would make it a non-marital asset. As such, the award is not shared at any time, unless the recipient chooses to do so.
Q. My is son 18 and graduates hs soon, do I need to schedule a court date to get him taken of my cs. Still have 1 younger.
A: The answer to your question depends entirely on the wording in your Judgment. The likelihood is that child support was ordered in a fixed dollar amount. This amount generally remains the same even when the oldest turns 18. How the child support obligation is stated will determine whether one of you has to go to court to seek an adjustment.
Q. Can a not legally, separated spouse share his (sole) bank account with a person whom they are cohabitating with?
A: Based on the limited facts you have provided, non-family expense sums given to or spent for the benefit of third parties would most likely constitute dissipation of marital assets. However, knowing it and being able to prove it are two different things .
Q. Can my ex get 20% of my tax refund? They have never asked for it before and now that I'm making less they want 20%.
A: Yes, she is entitled to 20% of your tax refund. Had you declared the correct number of exemptions, there would be no refund. Your obligation is to pay 20% of your true net income - not 20% on the net income that appears on your pay stubs. No one ever knows what their true net income is until they do their taxes. Only then will they know if they are going to get a refund, or if they have to pay.
Q. If me and my wife is getting a divorce and she wants to get a house will it affect me in the future
A: Based on the limited facts you presented, you will not be waiving any of your divorce rights by signing what I presume to be a Waiver of Homestead document. This form is a lender's requirement, which does not affect your rights to the property in the divorce process.
Q. Nothing legal in place. we have a schedule. Should I allow her BF of 4 months get our kid from school when I can myself?
A: Does it look bad? To whom would it look bad if nothing legal is in motion? If you feel you have a solid co-parenting relationship with the child's mother, then it really shouldn't make any long run difference if the BF picks up the child as described.
Q. it states in our last modification child support ends as last payment inmay do we still have to file modification to sto
A: It depends on the county you got divorced in, and on whether payments arte made by Withholding. Some counties have strict termination date cut-offs.
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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