When Is Alimony Or Spousal Maintenance Appropriate?

Spousal maintenance law is surprisingly complex. With the new alimony and maintenance guidelines that went into effect on January 1, 2019 it is making things even more complicated. Alimony is based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to:

  • Difference in incomes
  • Length of marriage
  • Property division arrangements

Our new Illinois alimony calculations provide a new system for:

  • Limiting the length of time alimony payments must be made
  • Capping the amount of income subject to alimony calculations
  • Comparing income, now using net income instead of gross income
  • Taxation exceptions for alimony payments for payors and payees

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.

Unallocated Family Support

Unallocated family support that was tax-deductible will no longer exist in new judgments for dissolution of marriage commencing January 1, 2019. Judgments entered prior to January 1, 2019, will retain the benefit of maintenance or unallocated family support being tax-deductible by the payor and tax-includable in the recipient's income. Maintenance awards in judgments entered as of January 1, 2019, and thereafter will no longer be tax-deductible or taxable to the recipient.

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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