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
225 Questions Answered

Q. If a person lies under oath, can a recording made without their permission be used to impeach their testimony?
A: More of your specific facts would have to be explained before a definitive answer can be given. However, and shooting from the hip, the likelihood is that such a recording would not be admissible in evidence.
Q. I have lived with my partner for 15 years. We never married but joinly own most of our assets.
A: Your question is largely unanswerable because it is based upon incorrect assumptions. Illinois has not been a common law state for almost one hundred years, so your common law reference does not apply. You cannot file for divorce because you are not married. Your situation would have to be determined by property and possibly contract law.
Q. My daughter and her husband live in a trailer on land owned by me and my daughter.
A: Based upon the small amount of facts you provided, and assuming he was never on title to the land, he does NOT have a valid claim to any portion of the land.
Q. My house was awarded to me in the divorce. How do I sell it without my ex knowing?
A: Unfortunately, your question does not contain enough facts to enable us to give you an authoritative answer. We know the house was awarded to you, but did your ex actually ever deed his rights to you? If you need his signature on a deed, you are going to have difficulties. Under certain circumstances, an Associate Judge may issue such a deed to you.
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.
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Contact & Map
Oak Brook Office
1200 Harger Rd
Suite 320
Oak Brook, IL 60523
Telephone: (630) 928-0600
Fax: (630) 928-0670
Chicago Office
47 W. Polk Street
Suite M11
Chicago, IL 60605
Telephone: (312) 235-0100
Fax: (630) 928-0670