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
315 Questions Answered

Q. My ex wife wants to sui me for 2000 for bills she racked up after we separated is that possible she will win
A: Your question is difficult to answer properly without knowing more details. Credit card debt accumulated during the marriage is technically marital debt, but I see some judges who assess the debt only against the party that incurred the debt. What did she spend the money on? How much did you pay her in support during your separation? Were her charges for necessities, or for non-necessities? Talk to a divorce lawyer in person.
Q. my wife left about 12 years ago I had a lawyer years ago how can I legally end this ridiculous marriage.
A: If a Judgment for Dissolution was never entered back then, you will have to start all over again. However, it may not be as simple as you hope. She has some claim to your 401K, home equity, and other assets, and her equitable share will be determined by the judge.
Q. Where can I find pro bono divorce (legal separation) layer? Can I file a legal separation while I am outside of USA?
A: Yes, if you file here before you leave. You must have lived in IL for 90 days prior to filing, and you must be willing to come back here for your court date.
Q. I am an Illinois state resident. Can I legally move to California, pregnant, without my husband's consent?
A: South Carolina has nothing to do with your case. This is America. You can move wherever you wish until a court says otherwise.
Q. If a child is being watched at dad's house by grandparents while mom works does that mean he gets primary custody?
A: If anyone needs to consult in person with a divorce lawyer, it is you.You cannot get the advise you are seeking from this forum. This is because a lawyer must question you to learn all of the facts of your particular situation. You have submitted only minimal facts hat do not allow for a responsible answer. However, your case can be better than his scary papers want you to believe. It all depends on what is best for the child. Don't fret unless a lawyer tells you to.
Q. My ex husbands father passed away while we were still married. His assets are now about to be distributed to his kids.
A: The Illinois law is very clear on this point. Inherited funds/assets are non-marital unless the spouse who inherits the funds/assets puts them into joint ownership with the other spouse.
Q. Imminent divorce; haven’t filed yet. 2 Kids 17 & 15. What are my rights to the house and car? Still live together.
A: Your question does not provide enough facts to allow for a proper answer. For example, you want to know your rights to the house, but you failed to tell us if the house is a marital asset, in whose name title is held, how much equity is in the house, what the remainder of the assets total, etc.. Incidentally, your husband is not being unreasonable by not wanting to sign for your car loan if a divorce seems likely.
Q. In my divorce agreement, my ex is required to provide me his tax return, but he refuses. How can I get it inexpensively?
A: First, demand his compliance by certified mail. If he persists in his refusal, you have to take him back to court. You could either file a Petition for Rule to Show Cause regarding his contemptuous behavior, and/or you could also seek a court Order requiring him to authorize the IRS to send you his return(s). Either way, it does involve going to court.
Q. In uncontested divorce which division of assets is agreed, can I not list debts, property & bank a/cs in petition form?
A: You are entitled to put all of the items you listed in your Petition for Dissolution, but doing so is totally unnecessary. Our statute requires that certain allegations be made in this pleading, and the listing of such financial specifics is not included.
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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