Lois Kulinsky & Associates, Ltd.
Contact Us Today For a Free Consultation
847-459-4448
View Our Practice Areas

The ins and outs of alimony in Illinois

If you are going through a divorce in Illinois, you may wonder what your life may look like at the end of it all. How will you fare financially? Will you have to pay alimony? Will you get to collect spousal support? Alimony could make or break your post-divorce financial situation, so it is certainly something you should be looking into.

Every state has different laws regarding alimony. Not everyone qualifies for this benefit. Couples have the opportunity to figure out an alimony payment on their own, but if they cannot come to terms, the courts will get to make a final ruling on the matter.

Illinois alimony basics

As previously stated, spousal support is not something that is awarded in many divorce cases. If you and your spouse cannot come to terms, the individual requesting support can file an official request for court review. If your case goes to court, a judge will look at several factors before deciding if there is a reason to grant support, how much and for how long. These factors include:

  • Each party's income level
  • Each party's financial needs
  • Marital standard of living
  • Length of the marriage
  • The health of each party
  • Terms of the property division settlement
  • Special needs of either party

In other words, a judge typically wants to see a need for support. Of course, time in a marriage does count for something as well.

Alimony is often only awarded on a temporary basis -- sometimes only for a couple of years. Just enough to allow the receiving spouse time to get on his or her feet financially. In Illinois, there is a possibility for permanent alimony -- which is not offered in every state. Those who may qualify for this type have been in long-term marriages and are typically in or near their retirement years.

How much support you either have to pay or will receive is different for everyone. It is usually a percentage of the paying party's income. Legal counsel can help you figure out how much you may have to pay or how much you can ask for.

Have alimony questions?

If you have concerns about alimony, it is okay to ask questions. Everyone wants to walk away from his or her marriage in a decent financial position. Making sure an alimony order is fair, if awarded, can certainly help your post-divorce financial situation.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
  • The Chicago Bar Association
  • Lake County Bar Association | 1912
  • 10 Best | 2015 - 2019 | Attorney Client Satisfaction | American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • DBR | Chamber of Commerce | Deerfield | Bannockburn | Riverwoods

Tell Us About Your Experience

Review Us
Email Our Attorneys

Contact The Firm

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

Wheeling Office
395 East Dundee Road, Suite 200
Wheeling, IL 60090

Phone: 847-459-4448
Fax: 847-459-8548
Map & Directions

Libertyville Office
611 S. Milwaukee Avenue, Suite 4
Libertyville, IL 60048

Phone: 847-281-0200
Map & Directions

Buffalo Grove Office
355 W Dundee Rd
Suite 100
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089

Phone: 847-459-4448
Map & Directions