Your Guide To Paying And Receiving Spousal Support
During a marriage, people become accustomed to certain lifestyles. Some adults leave their careers to raise their children. Other parents never start a career, and they instead focus on maintaining the home and the family. Some adults work long hours so they can provide for their families financially.
When a marriage ends, many people need or want to maintain the lifestyle to which they were accustomed during the marriage. People who have been out of the workforce for 20 years may have a hard time finding the job or education they need to make ends meet. In those situations, spousal support (formerly called alimony) may be awarded to help both parties maintain their standards of living.
If your marriage is ending and you are wondering how much spousal support you might pay or receive, it is important to work with an experienced Libertyville spousal maintenance attorney who can help you understand your financial rights and obligations. At Beermann Law Group, Ltd, that is exactly what we offer individuals throughout Lake County, Cook County and DuPage County. We have more than 40 years of experience helping individuals effectively resolve all divorce and family law matters.
Factors That Influence Spousal Support
Spousal support payments are based on several factors, including:
- Length of the marriage
- Health of each party
- Ability to generate income
- Standard of living during the marriage
If the court determines, based on these factors, that spousal support is appropriate, the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act provides a formula for calculating both the length and amount of spousal support to be paid that applies to most spousal support cases. To know whether the new spousal support formula applies to your case, you need the experienced attorneys at Beermann Law Group, Ltd, to guide you through the process.
Contact An Experienced Illinois Alimony Lawyer
When individuals contact our firm, we try to determine what factors the judge might see as influential, and we create our position from there. By assessing all factors and putting ourselves in the judge’s shoes, we are often able to more accurately gauge the situation.