Spousal maintenance — sometimes referred to as alimony or spousal support — is a complex and often highly disputed matter in divorce cases. Just as property division and child support awards may significantly impact the financial security of parties who are subject to a divorce, spousal maintenance may also have a significant impact on an individual's immediate and long-term financial security.
If you believe that maintenance may become an issue in your dissolution, it is critical that you have an experienced divorce lawyer on your side to ensure the protection of your rights.
For the quality legal representation you require, contact Lake Toback in Chicago, Illinois. As one of the top family law firms in Illinois, we can provide the sound advice and skilled representation you require.
Illinois Maintenance Laws
There are three types of spousal maintenance in Illinois:
- Temporary maintenance: Courts may award either spouse temporary maintenance during a divorce.
- Rehabilitative maintenance: Paid for a period of time deemed necessary to help a spouse obtain job training, education or other tools necessary to become financially stable.
- Permanent maintenance: Often awarded in cases involving long-term marriages in which one spouse has sacrificed his or her career opportunities to be a stay-at-home parent or where there is a significant income disparity between spouses. Courts will consider the length of the marriage, the ability of a spouse to pay maintenance, the need of the other spouse to receive maintenance, the standard of living enjoyed by the parties during the marriage, the age and health of the parties, and other factors impacting the equitable interests and financial welfare of the parties.
Given the significant discretion that courts have to award maintenance to parties subject to a divorce, it is critical that you have an experienced and highly skilled attorney. Your attorney must be able to negotiate a favorable agreement on your behalf or make a compelling case on your behalf at trial.
You Can Rely On Lake Toback
Our attorneys excel at handling cases involving complex financial matters. We view divorce cases from a global perspective, taking into account all financial issues that may impact your security, including property division, child support, tax implications of your divorce, and maintenance.
We frequently enlist the assistance of forensic accountants and other financial professionals to assist in the effective management of dissolution proceedings. Using our skill as negotiators and trial lawyers, we are strong advocates for the clients we serve.
No Case Too Complex
Our attorneys are known for their representation of high net worth individuals and their spouses, sports figures, celebrities, business owners, and other professionals. We also represent everyday people from all walks of life. We are committed to providing the same high-quality service to each of our valued clients.
Premier Family Law Attorneys
Senior partner Steven R. Lake and co-founding partner Alan J. Toback bring to each case more than 50 years of combined experience in matrimonial law. Mr. Lake is often interviewed by news media and has been featured as a legal expert on CNN, NBC, MSNBC, FOX, and "Good Morning America."
Alan Toback was named one of the top 10 divorce lawyers in Chicago by the Chicago Sun-Times in 2000. He is a past president of the Illinois Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and has been listed for inclusion in Illinois Super Lawyers magazine on numerous occasions. As a client of our firm, you can be certain that your case will be expertly managed by a team of highly skilled, experienced and dedicated advocates.
Contact Our Illinois Alimony Attorneys
Lake Toback is located in the heart of Chicago's Loop. Our office is five blocks west of Lake Shore Drive and ten blocks east of I-90/94, at the southeast corner of Washington and Dearborn streets. To speak with a Chicago maintenance attorney at Lake Toback, call 312-288-8985 or contact us by email.