Spousal Maintenance Guidelines

Illinois recently changed the guidelines family court judges use when determining whether to grant a request for spousal maintenance, commonly known as alimony. If you are going through divorce in Northern Illinois, Gauthier Family Law is prepared to provide you experienced and personalized representation. Attorney Michael Gauthier will help you secure alimony or contest your ex's maintenance request.

Spousal Maintenance Guidelines In Illinois

There is no hard and fast rule about qualifying for alimony. Instead, the law requires the judge to consider several factors, including:

  • Each party's income and assets
  • Each party's age
  • Each party's health problems, if any
  • How much income each spouse will be able to earn in the future
  • How much time each spouse spends doing household duties and raising the children
  • How long it would take for an unemployed spouse to get the necessary education and training to get a job
  • The couple's lifestyle during the marriage

It is important to remember that the behavior of the spouses during the marriage does not affect eligibility for alimony. For example, infidelity does not guarantee or automatically disqualify you for spousal support after divorce.

Talk To A Reliable McHenry County Divorce Attorney

For more information about alimony or anything else related to divorce, please call Gauthier Family Law's Vernon Hills office at 847-816-7781 to schedule an appointment with our lawyer Michael Gauthier. You may also contact us via email. We serve clients in McHenry and Lake counties as well as all of Northern Illinois.