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As a couple experiences the divorce process, both parties encounter a lot of unknowns due to the inherent nature of change. The divorce process itself can be emotionally challenging, but additional stress is often placed on both parties because of financial issues. If you are proceeding with a divorce you need to understand your rights regarding spousal maintenance, formerly known as alimony. The best thing you can do for yourself is to find a trusted local attorney that has years of experience with alimony cases to defend your rights.
What Is Maintenance?
Maintenance is the obligation of a spouse to provide financial support for an ex-spouse, on a temporary or permanent basis. Maintenance may be appropriate in family situations where one spouse’s income is greater than the other spouse’s income. In determining whether maintenance is appropriate, several factors are considered including, but not limited to: the income and property of each party, the needs of each party, the present and future earning capacity of each party, any impairment of the present and future earning capacity of the party seeking maintenance due to that party devoting time to domestic duties or having forgone or delayed education, training, employment, or career opportunities due to the marriage, the time necessary to enable the party seeking maintenance to acquire appropriate education, training, and employment, the standard of living established during the marriage, the duration of the marriage, and the age and the physical and emotional condition of both parties.
New Maintenance Statute in Illinois
Effective January 1, 2015, a new maintenance statute became effective in Illinois. In cases where the court determines that maintenance is appropriate, the statute sets forth guidelines for setting maintenance amounts and durations for families earning $250,000.00 or less. Under some circumstances, a deviation from the guidelines may be appropriate.
Seeking Help You Can Trust
If you live in the greater Chicago area and need to speak with someone about your options regarding alimony, don’t hesitate to contact Fay, Farrow & Associates, P.C. Together we have over 75 years of experience helping families through the divorce process by protecting their rights to alimony. We don’t charge a penny for an initial consultation so pick up the phone and call us today at 630.961.0060 to learn how we can defend your rights.