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
234 Questions Answered

Q. Is it necessary when getting a divorce that both parties involved have their own lawyer , irreconcilable difference
A: Going through a divorce is not a dress rehearsal. You get only one chance to do it right, and your best chance of doing it right is with a lawyer.
Q. I just filed for divorce and I want to purchase a house. Could my ex take the house during the divorce proceedings.
A: You have not provided enough facts to allow for an authoritative answer. For example, are you using non-marital funds to buy the home? If you pay $100,000 for the house, and you borrow $100,000 to buy it, then your spouse's claim would be for a percentage of nothing. Generally speaking, however, the new home will likely come into play to some extent.
Q. If there are children from a previous marriage, should they be included in the marriage settlement?
A: Based upon the limited facts you have provided, the children of a previous marriage would not be "included" in your present divorce.
Q. Does a father who has provided no support in 3.5 yrs and has had no contact with a child have a chance to gain custody .
A: Based upon the facts you have provided, the answer is NO. However, Illinois no longer awards custody and visitation, as such. It awards parenting time, and the father will receive some parenting time, but the amount he gets is based on the best interests of the child. In cases where the child needs to be reintroduced to the father, the visitation is typically very limited at first.
Q. Received letter saying motion to Vacate DWP from wife's attorney.
A: If the party who filed the case fails to appear in court when required to do so, the court can dismiss the case. "DWP" stands for Dismissed for Want of Prosecution. A Motion to Vacate a DWP is a Motion to vacate the dismissal and to reinstate the case.
Q. I am currently going thou a divorce in Illinois. I have been pay my wife 1500.00 a month for the last year and a half.
A: You can deduct maintenance (alimony) payments if they required by a court order and are designated as such, provided there is language in the order which terminates the maintenance upon the death of your spouse. This is an IRS requirement. If you are still married, you may be better off filing jointly with her. Talk to a CPA.
Q. Q: When asking for spousal support what are the qualifications? Who can get it and who can't get it.
A: Your question is too broad to answer because you have not provided any facts. However, and basically, the party seeking spousal support must have a reasonable need for it, and the other party must have the means to meet that need. Illinois law now contains a formula by which the amount and duration of spousal support should be awarded. You should really consult in-person with a divorce lawyer who can learn your specifics and answer your question properly.
Q. His it better if my spouse file for divorce first.
A: Generally, it does not make any difference as to which party files first. There are some technical legal exceptions that may apply in certain circumstances, but they are not often a factor.
Q. I received an Order Allowing Withdrawal of Cousel from my divorce attorney.
A: Now that your lawyer has withdrawn, the other side has to communicate with you. This means that you should go to the courthouse within 21 days of the Withdrawal Order and file an Appearance with your address and contact info, so your spouse's lawyer will know how to notify you of future court dates. Of course, this is unnecessary if you hire another lawyer. If you are not going to hire a new lawyer, be sure to send your spouse's attorney your file stamped Appearance. If you do neither of the above, no one has to notify you of anything, and you run the risk of your spouse getting what he or she wants out of the divorce.
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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