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
408 Questions Answered

Q. I am contemplating a divorce in IL and was wondering about a few questions. I've been married for 2 yrs and need to
A: Your question is difficult to answer responsibly without the benefit of a personal consultation where all of your facts can be determined. However, and generally, you have a valid claim for 50% of the house, for 50% of all accounts that were funded with marital earnings (no matter in whose name title is held), and a claim for four or so months of alimony (maintenance). The business, as such, will be awarded to him, but you may have some claim for reimbursement of any marital funds he sunk into the business, or to any of the business' retained earnings.
Q. 2 weeks ago I found mortgage documents, deed, then a quit claim deed transferring property by my husband after I filed
A: Only your attorney knows all of the facts, and only he or she is in a position to give you a responsible answer. However, and just off-hand, I might say that this may not be a dissipation situation. It sounds as though it may be more like the relative is holding your spouse's interest in a constructive trust for your husband. In this event, your husband's full interest could likely be marital property. If so, it is possible that there is no dissipation because the value of the investment has increased to your benefit also. I sincerely doubt that the relative has violated any criminal laws.
Q. I was divorced in 2017 after 32 years of marriage. Can my permanent maintenance be taken away after myhusband retires?
A: Your maintenance entitlement is based on earnings. When his earnings get reduced, so will your maintenance. However, this answer is based on only the information you have provided. He may have other income, e.g., pension, dividends, interest, 401K, etc.
Q. I have been married over 21 years. We live in Illinois. No children. He earns about $100,000 per year.
A: Yes. According to current Illinois law, you are entitled to $2,499 per month (taxable to you) for at least 20 years, and the amount is likely to be modified upon retirement). This calculation is according to Family Law Software, and is based upon the facts you have provided.
Q. Divorce-Maintenance laws
A: In any post judgment action to modify a support order, both sides have the same discovery rights and obligations that they had in the divorce case in chief. State and Local court Rules require this discovery.
Q. How do courts split the cost of health care?
A: Your husband is correct because the cost that is to be shared is limited to the actual cost of only the child's portion of the premium.
Q. Can I get a quick uncontested divorce from my wife after only being married for 10 months?
A: You can definitely get divorced after just a 10 month marriage. You have not provided enough facts to allow for an answer as to whether it can be quick and uncontested. Every case is different, and even cases involving short marriages can be difficult. She does not have to leave your house unless and until a judge orders her to do so. The mere filing of a case is not sufficient.
Q. Is there a possibility that you can divorce after 2 weeks of being married? Also does a domestic report help?
A: Yes, you can obtain a divorce immediately upon getting married if the other party agrees. If he or she does not agree, you have to be separated six months.
Q. Can my ex-husband get full custody of our daughter even tho we just started sharing her 50/50 a few months ago?
A: With no court order in place, either or both of you can seek whatever parenting time you wish. However, neither of you will have the right to any specific parenting time until a judge decides the issue, or the two of you can reach an agreement that is mutually acceptable. Just because your husband says he wants something does not mean his right to it is superior to yours.
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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