Spousal support (sometimes called alimony, and in Illinois maintenance) is money paid from one ex-spouse to the other to allow the receiving spouse to maintain a lifestyle enjoyed during the marriage. Maintenance can be either temporary or permanent, and the payment is often made monthly to the receiving spouse over a determined period of time.
Maintenance payments are meant to help lesser-earning spouses become financially independent. Illinois adopted maintenance guidelines in 2015, giving ex-spouses with a combined gross income per year of less than $500,000 a formula to use as a “starting place” in calculating spousal support. Nonetheless, there are other factors considered by Illinois courts in setting maintenance, including the length of the marriage. The attorneys at Berger Schatz are experienced in all aspects of the maintenance determination process.
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