Phone: (630) 480-6399
Fax: (630) 481-7181
400 S. Knoll St., Ste. B
Wheaton, Illinois 60187
Nick Kulagin is a dedicated family law and estate planning attorney who has represented residents of DuPage County and Kane County for 15 years. Based in Wheaton, Mr. Kulagin works diligently to protect his clients’ families, homes, and businesses. He believes that successful advocacy begins with investigating each person’s particular needs. With a strong reputation in the legal community, he is committed to helping his clients understand their legal rights and options so that they can make fully informed decisions.
Mr. Kulagin attended De Paul University for his undergraduate studies, graduating with a Political Science degree. He went on to earn his law degree from the University of Notre Dame. He has been licensed to practice law in the state of Illinois since 1999 and is an active member of the Illinois Bar Association.
One of the areas on which Mr. Kulagin’s practice focuses is divorce. The Illinois Marriage and Dissolution Act (IMDMA) governs divorce cases in the state. Under the Act, a marriage can be dissolved on the basis of “irreconcilable differences,” which means that the marriage has broken down beyond the point of repair. An Illinois resident may be eligible for divorce if he or she has lived separately from his or her spouse for at least six months. In that instance, there is a presumption that “irreconcilable differences” exist. However, if the spouses have not lived apart for at least six months, a party must prove the presence of this basis for divorce.
An issue that regularly arises when a marriage dissolves is property division. Illinois is an equitable distribution state, which means that marital property must be divided fairly at the time of a divorce. Marital property includes any assets or debts acquired over the course of the marriage. A fair division does not always mean a precisely equal split. Instead, a court will examine a variety of factors when making property division determinations, such as each party’s contribution to the maintenance of the property, each party’s earning potential, the value of the property, and the custodial arrangement of any children.
Mr. Kulagin also helps Illinois residents draft prenuptial agreements, which are legal documents that codify a couple’s intentions before getting married. There are some limitations on what they can contain, based on the public policy of the state. However, the agreement may have a broad scope and can determine rights and obligations pertaining to property division, maintenance or alimony, and more. The agreement becomes valid and enforceable once the marriage is legally formalized.
In addition, Mr. Kulagin can assist his clients with their estate planning, real estate, and business needs. For example, he helps aging individuals protect the future of their loved ones by crafting instruments like wills. These are legal documents that explain how property will be distributed, debts will be repaid, and other key issues will be resolved upon the testator’s death.
With a detailed knowledge of Illinois family law and estate planning law, Mr. Kulagin recognizes that each case involves a unique set of circumstances that must be carefully explored. After a thorough consultation, we can design a personalized strategy that responds to the nuances of your situation. At the Law Offices of Nick Kulagin, we offer a free initial consultation and are available for evening and weekend meetings. Call us at 630-480-6399 or contact us online to set up an appointment.
J.D., University of Notre Dame Law School, 1999
B.A., DePaul University, Chicago, IL, 1996