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Unsure About Spousal Maintenance In Illinois? We Can Help.

Divorce can bring many financial uncertainties. Spousal maintenance, also known as alimony, is one aspect that can cause confusion. Our established attorneys at Lake Toback DiDomenico understand the complexities of Illinois spousal maintenance laws and are here to answer your questions.

What Is Spousal Maintenance In Illinois?

Spousal maintenance is a court-ordered financial payment from one spouse to the other after a divorce. It’s intended to help the lower-earning spouse maintain a standard of living similar to what they enjoyed during the marriage.

How Do I Know If I’m Eligible For Spousal Maintenance/Spousal Support?

Illinois courts consider several factors when awarding spousal maintenance, including:

  • The length of the marriage
  • The income and earning capacity of each spouse
  • The age and health of each spouse
  • The needs of any children

There’s no guaranteed formula, but an experienced attorney can assess your situation and advise you on your eligibility.

How Long Does Spousal Maintenance/Spousal Support Last In Illinois?

The duration of spousal maintenance depends on the specific circumstances of your case. Generally, shorter marriages result in shorter maintenance periods. In marriages of 20 years or longer, the court has the discretion to award maintenance for an indefinite term.

What Factors Determine Spousal Support/Spousal Maintenance?

Several factors influence spousal maintenance decisions. Here’s a closer look:

  • Financial resources: The court will analyze each spouse’s income, assets and debts.
  • Standard of living: The aim is to help the receiving spouse maintain a similar lifestyle to what they had during the marriage.
  • Child custody: If children are involved, their needs will also be considered.
  • Education and job training: The court may consider the ability of the lower-earning spouse to become self-supporting.

These factors can impact both the dollar amount and the duration of spousal support.

Can You Avoid Spousal Maintenance In Illinois?

Not always. However, there are situations where spousal maintenance may be reduced or denied. An experienced attorney can help you understand these exceptions and advocate for your best interests.

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Spousal maintenance can be a significant financial concern during and after divorce. Our knowledgeable attorneys at Lake Toback DiDomenico in Chicago can guide you through the legal process and ensure your rights are protected. Contact us today at 312-288-8985 or complete our online form to schedule a consultation. We look forward to helping you navigate this complex issue.