How is Spousal Support Decided?

Spousal maintenance, also referred to as alimony, is money that one spouse must pay to a dependent spouse following a divorce. The purpose of this money is to help that spouse to maintain the standard of living that he or she enjoyed during the marriage. Traditionally, family courts in Illinois have had broad discretion in  … Read more

How is Spousal Support Awarded?

First, the court determines whether alimony or spousal support is appropriate for parties by looking at the following factors: Income and Property Needs Present and Future Earning Capacity Impairment of Earning Capacity Time Necessary to Acquire Education, Training, or Employment Standard of Living During the Marriage Duration of the Marriage Age, Health, Skills, and Liabilities  … Read more