Saint Charles, Illinois Spousal Support Attorneys
Lawyers for Spousal Maintenance Serving Kane County, DuPage County, and Northern Illinois
No matter how friendly or amicable your divorce may be, there is almost certain to be some type of financial impact to you and your ex-spouse. You may be able to alleviate the effects through careful planning and budgeting, but, if you are like many divorcing individuals, you may simply not have the resources to move forward without economic help. For this reason, the law in Illinois—as in every other state—provides for the possibility of spousal support, sometimes called maintenance or alimony, and it can be agreed upon by you and your spouse or found to be appropriate by the court.
When you need assistance including spousal maintenance in your divorce agreement or convincing the court that an award is necessary, the team at Olita Law Group can provide it. Our attorneys have almost 40 years of combined family law experience and we are ready to put our knowledge and skill to work for you. We will help you seek a spousal support award that will allow you to get back on your feet and to become financially self-sustaining.
Legal Counsel for Alimony Cases in Illinois
If spousal maintenance was not addressed in any agreement between you and your soon-to-be ex, but you believe that it is needed, you may petition the court to request support. The law requires the court to take into account certain circumstantial factors, including but not limited to:
The income and property of you and your spouse, including assets allocated to each of you in the divorce;
- Your needs and those of your spouse;
- The current and anticipated earning capacity of both parties;
- The impairment of your current or future earning capacity due to your role in the marriage or household;
- How long you will need to become self-sustaining, through education, job training, and other employment preparation, and whether parenting responsibilities would make it impossible;
- The length of the marriage, and the standard of living created in the marriage;
- The age, health, occupation, and employability of you and your spouse; and
- Your contributions toward your spouse's earning capacity and career.
The decision to award maintenance must be made upon careful consideration of your unique marital and divorce situation. Our team will work hard to demonstrate your needs to the court clearly, allowing you to get the financial assistance you deserve.
Amount and Duration of a Maintenance Award
Once an award for maintenance has been deemed appropriate, the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act contains provisions for determining how much is to be paid and for how long. Depending upon the combined income of the divorcing spouses, and whether either spouse has maintenance or child support obligations from a prior relationship, the court may use a standard, statutory formula or calculate the specifics at its discretion.
If you are interested in pursuing spousal support in your divorce, contact Olita Law Group. We offer a free initial consultation so that you can meet our team, discuss your case, and fully understand your options. Call 630-402-0333 to schedule an appointment today.