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Will I Have to Pay Spousal Maintenance?

maintenance, Wheaton divorce lawyersSometimes referred to as alimony, spousal maintenance or spousal support refers to payments which one spouse pays to the other to help them transition to life as a single person. Maintenance payments are generally made by the spouse with the higher income and paid to the spouse with the lower income.

The purpose of spousal support is to restrict any one-sided negative financial effects of a divorce by providing an ongoing source of revenue to a spouse who earns less than his or her partner. The rationale behind spousal support is that one spouse—often the wife, but stay-at-home husbands are more common than ever—may have chosen to sacrifice a career to care for the family. Someone who has been out of the workforce and suddenly gets divorced will need time to acquire new skills and employment support himself or herself. Maintenance may also be appropriate to help an economically-disadvantaged spouse maintain a similar standard of living as compared to the one established in the marriage.

Who Pays Spousal Support?

The short answer to, “Will I have to pay spousal support?” is “It depends.” The Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act contains the spousal support statutes on which such decisions are based. However, courts have leeway when deciding who gets spousal support and how much it will be. This is much different than child support payments, which are calculated by a more ridged set of parameters in Illinois. When deciding whether a spouse will receive support, the courts consider a number of factors, including:

  • The length of the marriage;
  • The standard of living established in the marriage;
  • The physical condition of each spouse including their ages, health, and disabilities;
  • The emotional and mental state of each spouse;
  • The length of time that the recipient of support would reasonably need to become financially self-sufficient;
  • Contributions made by either spouse to the career and earning capacity of the other; and
  • The ability of the paying spouse to make maintenance payments.

Spousal maintenance is generally meant to be rehabilitative in nature. Many support orders are temporary, lasting until the recipient spouse can get on his or her feet financially. Sometimes, the divorce decree does not specify a spousal support termination date. If this is the case, payments must continue until the court orders them to cease. A payer spouse is not required to pay spousal support to a spouse who remarries.

We Can Help

If you getting divorced and are worried about how spousal maintenance payments will affect your life, the dedicated Wheaton family law attorneys at the Andrew Cores Family Law Group are here to help. To set up a free, confidential consultation, call 630-871-1002 today.




Study Links Testosterone to Relationship Protecting Behavior

testosterone, Wheaton family law attorneysWhen two people enter into a relationship, the quality of that relationship is typically defined by how each person treats the other. Outside factors such as finances, children, and employment-related stresses certainly play a role, but the behavior of the individuals involved is usually the determining factor in whether the relationship lasts or not.

Science has long studied the link between hormones and human behavior, particularly in regard to how such hormones affect sexual relationships. High levels of testosterone in men, for example, have been regularly linked to attracting sexual partners and more aggressive sexual behavior. Relatively little research, however, has been conducted to examine how testosterone levels may affect other aspects of human sexual relationships. A new study from a research team in Canada sought to do just that.

A New Look at Long-Term Relationships

A group of researchers from the Nipissing University in North Bay, Ontario, decided to examine the relationship between male testosterone levels and long-term relationships. Lead author and associate professor Steven Arnocky observed that increasing knowledge in this area is important “because unlike most other mammalian species, humans generally pair-bond.” While we may not mate for life, he said, we do “form relatively long-term mating relationships” and two-parent child-rearing situations.

The team measured the testosterone levels of more than 100 male undergraduates and then asked them to answer questions about how they protect a sexual relationship. Protective behavior was divided into two categories: mate retention and intrasexual competition. Mate retention was further broken down into benefit provisioning behavior—such as doing nice things or buying gifts for a partner—and cost infliction—such as monopolizing a partner’s social life and threatening other men to stay away.

The study found an indirect relationship between higher levels of testosterone and mate retention behaviors. The relationship was more significant and direct, however, between high testosterone and intrasexual competitiveness. Feelings of competitiveness against other men could prompt mate retention behaviors, but usually in the form of cost inflicting. In other words, higher levels of testosterone were linked with behaviors that focused on the relationship in terms of other men, rather than the subject’s partner.

Get the Help You Need

Ironically, certain types of cost infliction behaviors can have a negative impact on the relationship that they are intended to protect. For example, a man who monopolizes his partner’s time to prevent her from having a social life of her own can be smothering and unhealthy, regardless of the intentions. When these types of actions cause a relationship to break down, a divorce may become the couple’s only option.

If you are considering a divorce, an experienced DuPage County family law attorney can provide the guidance you need. Call 630-871-1002 for a free consultation at the Andrew Cores Family Law Group today.




When Should You Introduce Your Children to Your New Dating Partner?

dating, DuPage County family law attorneysOften times, when a married couple splits they go on to meet new people and might even get remarried eventually. Getting a divorce does not mean that a person is destined to be alone or should never date again. However, dating during or after a divorce can be tricky. If your divorce is not finalized and you meet a new romantic interest, when should you introduce him or her to your children? The answer to questions like these are not always absolute, but experts do have advice for those who have met someone new in the midst of a divorce.

Dating During Divorce Can Affect Court Decisions

There are a few instances when a person might still be technically married but has a new romantic partner. Some marriages are over long before they are legally dissolved, and the spouses may physically separate while the divorce process continues. However, when a divorce is in progress, dating during this time can indirectly affect some decisions made by the court. For example, if your new partner has a criminal record or has been accused of child abuse, the court may limit or place stipulations on your parenting time. Depending the specific circumstances, a judge presiding over a divorce has the authority to take new romantic partners into consideration when making decisions about child custody, spousal support (alimony), and parenting time/visitation.

Dating During Divorce Can Affect Your Children

The biggest concern when a newly-separated person starts dating is how it will affect his or her children. An overwhelming amount of research suggests that introducing children to new boyfriends or girlfriends too soon can be damaging to the children. Many children whose parents are going through a divorce are in an emotionally-heightened state. They may worry that their parents will stop loving them or have fears about a new home or school. Introducing children to a new significant other shortly after separating from your spouse can overwhelm them. The safest legal choice regarding dating during divorce is also the safest choice when it comes to children: wait until after the divorce is finalized. After a divorce is finalized and the dust has settled, children will be much more receptive to meeting a new significant other.

Considering Divorce?

If you have further questions about dating during divorce, parental responsibilities, spousal support, parenting time and visitation, or any other family law matter, The Andrew Cores Law Group is ready to help. Our DuPage County divorce attorneys will work with you to help you and your family reach their goals. Contact our office today by calling 630-871-1002 and set up a free initial consultation.