When Is Alimony or Spousal Maintenance Appropriate?

Alimony, also referred to as spousal support or spousal maintenance, can be one of the more challenging issues that needs to be resolved during a divorce. At Lois Kulinsky & Associates, Ltd., we have more than 45 years of combined experience helping Illinois residents achieve fair alimony arrangements.

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Alimony/Spousal Maintenance

Spousal maintenance law is surprisingly complex. As of 2015, the amount and duration of any spousal support or maintenance is determined by guidelines, which take into consideration the length of the marriage and the combined gross incomes of the parties. However, the court must first determine whether an alimony award is appropriate at all, and this is based on variety of factors, including but not limited to:

  • The needs of the parties
  • The age, health and employability of the parties
  • Property division arrangements

As experienced attorneys, we take all aspects of alimony into account while drafting a divorce agreement. For example, we always keep tax considerations in mind. The maintenance that a person receives is taxable. Meanwhile, the person paying maintenance can deduct the amount from his or her gross income, thus saving income taxes.

Unallocated Family Support

Unallocated family support combines alimony and child support. Combining the two can be beneficial for tax reasons. We will take the time to review your situation and educate you about the potential benefits of unallocated family support.

Alimony Modification and Enforcement

Our lawyers handle post-decree changes and enforcement of alimony/spousal maintenance orders.

Learn more about alimony by reviewing the resources offered on this website, including our family law FAQs and many family law articles written by our attorneys.

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