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
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Professional Experience
member - Board of Directors
Mediation Council of Illinois
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Education
Loyola University Chicago
Undergraduate
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DePaul University
J.D.
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Benedictine College
Undergraduate
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Professional Associations
Illinois State Bar
Member
Current
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Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois
Fellow
- Current
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DuPage Bar Association
Sustaining Member
- Current
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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
491 Questions Answered

Q. Daughter turns 18 Nov graduates Jun. Can I file for divorce in Nov with Jun stipulations, or must I wait until Jun?
A: You can file whenever you wish.
Q. RELOCATION
A: It is unlawful for you to permanently remove the children from the state of IL without permission from the Court or without the father's consent.
Q. I have a judgement for Legal Separate with my wife. How to I go about making it a divorce?
A: You could probably do it on your own, but it would be frustrating and difficult. The fact that you already have a Legal Separation does not make getting divorced all that much easier. Fighting shouldn't be a factor, but there are still papers that have to be prepared and filed properly, not to mention the mechanics of getting your case before a certain judge on a certain day, and then knowing what to say and do when you get there.
Q. I filed for divorce in illinois pro se. I just learned about a QDRO. will the judge automatically require the QDRO?
A: A QDRO is for the benefit of the spouse who is receiving a portion of his or her spouse's qualified retirement benefits. It is the receiving spouse that must make sure the judge orders a QDRO.
Q. My husband pays support as well as Health insurance for kids. Braces are not covered by our plan. Does he have to pay
A: I assume your husband got divorced in IL because you placed your question in the Illinois law category. My answer does not apply if IN law were to apply in your situation. The answer should lie in the language contained in his Judgment. Whether or not it covered by insurance has nothing to do with his obligation. Orthodontia may be considered to be cosmetic for insurance purposes, but it is considered a bona fide health expense of the children under our divorce law. It is a non-covered health expense, and will be dealt with in the same manner as all other non-covered health expense. If his Judgment requires him to pay 50% of non-covered expenses, then he is responsible to pay 50% of the orthodontia costs.
Q. If the lawsuit is considered marital property, then what is the percentage the other person would be awarded?
A: There is no set percentage. The non-injured spouse is likely to be awarded a portion of the award, but it is typically not a 50-50 thing. The division is up to the judge and is dependent upon the various elements upon which the recovery is based.
Q. In Illinois is a unawarded Federal wrongful termination lawsuit considered marital property in divorce?
A: Yes, it is a marital asset if the wrongful termination occurred during the marriage - whether separated or not.
Q. IL Divorce- What forms needed to show judge we don’t want 401k from spouse or for them to pay our cc debt?
A: Sorry, but here are no such forms for your purposes. What you need is a Marital Settlement Agreement, and this has to be hand-crafted.
Q. Can my soon to be ex husband be prosecuted for having a baby by another woman?
A: I believe that adultery is no longer a crime in IL. In any event, I sincerely doubt if the prosecutor in your County would bring charges. I have never seen it done. You would be wise to speak with a mental health professional to lessen the trauma you are understandably experiencing. They can minimize your anger and confusion about what to do. They say that betrayal is one of the most painful things to deal with. I wish you good fortune and every success.
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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