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Will I Have to Pay My Spouse Maintenance and How Much?

Understanding Spousal Support Laws in Illinois

Decisions regarding maintenance, also called alimony or spousal support, may be made by an agreement of the divorcing couple or by the court. Maintenance is not guaranteed in every divorce, and there are a number of factors to consider including the length of the marriage, the couple’s standard of living and each spouse’s age, health, and income.

When ordered by the court or agreed upon by the spouses, maintenance can help offset some of the financial effects of a divorce on the lower-earning spouse. According to Illinois law, there is no automatic entitlement to maintenance, and the court will only require you to pay if there is a proven need for such support.

If you and your spouse can reach an agreement on your own, the court will likely approve your agreement. If an agreement cannot be reached, the court will analyze your situation to determine if maintenance is appropriate and necessary. Illinois law requires the court to consider many factors in doing so, and maintenance cases can become extremely complex.

At Anderson & Associates, P.C., our experienced family law attorneys understand that every family is different. We are equipped to conduct a thorough evaluation of your circumstances so that your rights are fully protected when you are being asked to pay maintenance. If the court finds that maintenance is necessary, the law provides guidelines for determining the amount and the duration of support payments. Our lawyers will work hard on your behalf to ensure that the decisions made by the court are reasonable and do not compromise your own economic situation.

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Divorce is rarely easy, and it is understandable that you might have many questions and concerns. The team at Anderson & Associates, P.C. can provide the skilled guidance you need. Contact our office to schedule an appointment with a compassionate divorce lawyer today. Call 630-653-9400 for a free initial consultation. With four convenient offices throughout the region, we serve clients in Wheaton, Downers Grove, Naperville, DuPage County, and the northwest Chicago suburbs.

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