How Are Alimony Payments Determined In Illinois?

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The state of Illinois does not have a set formula for calculating alimony, also known as spousal support.  Because of the nuances of the law, you should hire an attorney to assist you with determining a fair maintenance payment.  You should not try to work it out on your own.

Permanent maintenance is often awarded when one spouse is at a significant financial disadvantage, either because he or she is has no employment history or is only capable of finding low-paying work.  Even though the word “permanent” is used, a maintenance award can in many instances be modified in the future based upon a change in circumstances.

Here are some of the factors used to determine spousal support:

  • The contribution of each spouse to the value of marital property (a homemaker is explicitly recognized as a value-contributor)
  • Value of property assigned to each spouse
  • The economic well-being and work history of each spouse
  • Prenuptial agreements
  • Child custody and child support which must be paid

This is not an exhaustive list. The divorce attorneys at Thaddeus M. Bond Jr. & Associates, PC will be able to walk you through exactly what will be considered in drawing up a spousal support arrangement.

If you're a resident of the Lake County area and you need to representation with a spousal support matter, feel free to contact us at (847) 599-9101.   

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