DuPage County, IL Alimony Attorneys
Representing Clients in Hinsdale, Oak Brook, Naperville, Wheaton and Surrounding Suburbs
Just as money can be an issue for parties during the marriage, it should come as no surprise that money is often the cause of angry disputes during a divorce. This is especially true when the payments could last a lifetime, such as spousal support and alimony. Sometimes people believe that they have financially supported their spouse throughout the marriage and should not have to continue to do so. The other person may believe that he or she should be compensated for non-monetary contributions and sacrifices that he or she made during the marriage.
The Illinois alimony lawyers at Andrew Cores Family Law Group have the experience to assist you in cases that involve long-term spousal maintenance or support. Our attorneys have extensive experience in representing individuals who are seeking spousal maintenance as well as those who are contesting it.
What Will Long-Term Maintenance Mean for You?
For a large number of divorce cases, there is a statutory formula for determining spousal support in Illinois, based upon the income of the parties and the length of the marriage. The law, however, also provides the judge who decides your case with considerable flexibility and discretion in making his or her ruling. To present your strongest argument, you want to work with an experienced divorce lawyer.
Long-term spousal maintenance is generally awarded if one spouse is unable to earn a living and/or was in a long-term marriage. Payments may last for a set period of time or even indefinitely, but they may terminate when one of the following occurs:
- The spouse receiving the maintenance remarries.
- The spouse receiving the maintenance lives with another person in a continuing, conjugal basis.
- Either spouse dies.
For divorces finalized prior to December 31, 2018, spousal support payments are usually tax-deductible for the payor and taxable to the person who receives the payments. However, in divorce cases which are finalized on January 1, 2019 or thereafter, spousal support will no longer be tax deductible for the payor or taxable for the recipient. Depending on the financial circumstances of both parties, it may make sense to discuss a property settlement in lieu of spousal support.