How Long is Spousal Maintenance Paid in Illinois?
By: Gordon & Perlut, LLC
Divorce can have a devastating impact on your finances. Particularly if you relied on your spouse in meeting monthly expenses, getting used to living on your own often proves challenging. Spousal maintenance, otherwise known as alimony in Illinois, can help you in making the adjustment. Our Chicago and Evanston family law attorneys explain who may be entitled to spousal support payment and how long you can expect it to last.
Are You Entitled To Spousal Maintenance In Illinois
When going through a divorce in Cook County, getting the maximum amount you are entitled to in any final orders is a top priority. Depending on the circumstances, this may include spousal support payments. Spousal maintenance can help you maintain your standard of living after divorce or gain the education, experience, or skills needed to reenter the workforce. Factors that will influence whether you are entitled to spousal maintenance include:
How Long Do Spousal Support Payments In Cook County Last?
The Illinois Statutes (750 ILCS 5/504) contain guidelines for spousal support payments which are generally based on the length of time you were married. For example, if you were married for five years, you may be entitled to a year of spousal support.
The percentage increases the longer you and your spouse were together, so for 10 years, you may receive four years of support; for 15, you may be entitled to 10 years of payments. Once you reach 20 plus years, you are generally able to collect spousal maintenance for the same amount of time as you were married.
In some cases, the court will deviate from these guidelines. Based on your circumstances, the judge may instead order one of the following:
Contact Our Evanston Family Law Attorney For More Information
To find out more about spousal maintenance and to ensure you get the total amount you deserve, reach out to Gordon & Perlut, LLC. Call the Chicago and Evanston family law attorneys at Gordon & Perlut, LLC to discuss your case during a free, no-obligation consultation today.