What you may think of as alimony is called either spousal support or spousal maintenance in the State of Illinois. Spousal support plays a role in only a limited number of divorces, but when it does, it can serve a valuable purpose. Spousal support is intended to allow a spouse who takes a financial hit with divorce gain greater financial independence via support payments that are designed to help him or her obtain the education, experience, or job skills necessary to achieve that financial independence.
If you have questions or concerns about spousal support, reach out to an experienced Chicago spousal support attorney.
There has been a decided shift away from spousal support in the last several decades (in Illinois and across the country), but this does not mean that spousal support is never deemed appropriate and never awarded. If you and your divorcing spouse earn at a similar level, spousal support is not likely to enter into your divorce terms, but if there is a significant discrepancy between your earning power and your spouse’s, spousal support becomes far more likely. Your respective incomes and the duration of your marriage are both factors that play directly into the Illinois statutory maintenance calculations.
Ultimately, spousal support is left to the discretion of the court – once certain specifics are met – which means that each decision will be made on a case-by-case basis.
The following factors help to determine when spousal support is awarded:
The reasoning behind most spousal support is to help bridge the financial gap between divorce and financial independence post-divorce. As such, support is generally temporary and is intended to allow the recipient the time necessary for him or her to gain the education, job skills, and/or experience necessary to find employment (or a higher level of employment).
The accomplished Chicago spousal support attorneys at WARD FAMILY LAW are well versed in the legal skills necessary to defend our clients’ legal rights to spousal support, and we’re here for you, too. For more information, please don’t wait to contact us today.
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