If you are going through a divorce, you can be anxious about your finances. One of the most important issues to be decided is whether you must pay or can receive spousal support, also known as alimony. At Rogers Law Office in Champaign, I work to ensure fair spousal support arrangements based on the facts of your situation. Illinois law applies a detailed formula to calculating the amount and duration of spousal support, but final orders are up to the discretion of a judge who evaluates all relevant factors. I draw on more than 20 years of experience to build a compelling case for a just result for my client.
Spousal support in Illinois is gender neutral, so it’s not automatic that a husband pays and a wife receives. Either spouse can petition for alimony, but awards are based on financial need, fairness, and how long the marriage lasted before the dissolution. As with child support, the state has legislative guidelines for calculating awards.
Spousal support falls into three basic categories:
Parties to divorce can also negotiate a settlement, which might include a one-time, lump sum support payment.
The court ultimately has discretion to deviate from the guidelines if fairness dictates. Factors the court considers include:
The court is allowed to consider any other factor it deems relevant to arriving at a fair result. As your counsel, I will bring to the court’s attention all information that is helpful to your position.
Rogers Law Office in Champaign, Illinois provides determined representation for alimony disputes. Please call 217-318-0677 or contact me online to schedule a confidential consultation.