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Wheaton Spousal Maintenance AttorneysIn a large number of marriages, one spouse is the sole income earner and the other spouse is a stay-at-home parent. In many more cases, one spouse earns far more money than the other does, even if they both work outside the home. If these unions end in divorce, it can be difficult financially for the partner who did not work or who earned substantially less to move on. However, Illinois divorce law states an ex-spouse may be entitled to financial support.

Alimony or what is now called “spousal maintenance” refers to payments made to an ex-spouse who does not have sufficient income to self-support after a divorce. The amount and duration of this support depends on several factors, including each party’s income, the length of the marriage, and standard of living. But, what happens to that maintenance if one or both of the ex-spouses remarries?   

What Constitutes the End of Spousal Support? 

In Illinois, alimony ends automatically when the supported ex-spouse remarries (unless the couple decided otherwise in their divorce agreement, which is rare). The paying ex-spouse can stop making alimony payments starting on the date of the supported ex-spouse’s remarriage. The paying ex-spouse does not have to ask the court for a termination of support.

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Wheaton family law attorneys, divorced parents, premarital counseling, prenuptial agreement, remarriageIf your marriage has ended in divorce, you have likely gone through some difficulty as you worked to separate your life, your finances, your possessions, and your living arrangements from your ex-spouse. Life goes on, however, and before you know it, you may meet someone new and consider getting married a second time.

But before you jump into a new commitment, you should be aware that second marriages are even more likely to end in divorce. In order to avoid repeating your mistakes (or making some new ones), consider five things before getting remarried:

  1. Take your time - It can be easy to rush into a new relationship after the heartbreak of divorce. However, it is best to make sure you have fully recovered and are viewing your situation with clear eyes. Be sure you are ready to make a commitment to your new partner, and take the time to build a good foundation for your relationship and manage your expectations for your life together.

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