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
214 Questions Answered

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.
Q. My wife's ex husband refuses to release property that is hers that relates to her kids
A: Does her Judgment for Dissolution specifically award these items to her? If so, she should take him back to court to have him held in contempt for failure to comply with the judgment.
Q. Let's say i purchased property using non-marital funds. Would that property be deemed divisible in illinois?
A: Unless you put your wife's name on the property you purchased, and unless you put her name on your personal checking account, she would have no valid claim to the property.
Q. in Illinois how do they determine which parent pays for SAT prep classes. Does it come out of child support or from dad
A: From my experience as a lawyer who has worked in the divorce field for 50 plus years, it is my opinion that the SAT prep cost would NOT be child support. However, many things in divorce law are gray (instead of either black or white), and this is something that may need to be determined by a judge. I think it is fair to say that your question is a college expense contribution issue, as opposed to a "what is included in child support" question.
Q. I got married in 2009, we found out that he and his Ex's divorce was never finalized, it is now, are we legally married?
A: If he is not divorced, you are not married. However, when he gets divorced, you will not have to remarry. Your voidable marriage will be reinstated.
Q. My husband and I took out a parent plus loan for our daughter when we were married
A: Your question cannot be answered with authority until you furnish more facts. Unfortunately, the only way you will know what facts are significant is if you visit with a divorce lawyer in person. He or she will know what to ask you in order to get to the info that is needed. For example, when did you get divorced? When was the loan entered into? Is there any language at all in your judgment that might open the door to making your ex liable, e.g.,any loan representations in general, anything that could lead to Section 513 exposure, etc. Good luck.
Q. Can alimony last the rest of my life as long as I don't get re-married?
A: It can if you have been married more than 20 years at the time of filing for divorce, and if you do not cohabit with another person on a continuing conjugal basis. Illnesses or injuries that permanently limit your ability to work may also be a factor.
Q. Is my 401(k) community property?
A: We do not have community property in IL. In IL, property is either marital (subject to division) or non-marital (not subject to division). The portions of your 401K that were accumulated during the marriage are clearly marital. If you had a 401K balance when you got married, it can be deemed non-marital if you can meet certain criteria. You would need a divorce attorney to explain this to you in person.
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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