Alimony and Spousal Support

Alimony and Spousal Support

 As family law attorneys in Joliet we represent clients looking to obtain spousal support as well as clients seeking to avoid paying spousal support to a financially secure spouse.

In the past, spousal support or alimony was designed to provide women with financial stability in the wake of a divorce. Over the years, however, traditional family roles have evolved and the stereotypes surrounding alimony have changed. Today, spousal maintenance is regularly awarded to either the husband or the wife, depending upon who the primary wage earner for the household is.

Temporary spousal support usually takes the form of regular payments to one spouse to another. It can also be in the form of payment of certain debts, 22949196_lbills, or marital expenses.

“Permanent” maintenance isn’t really permanent at all. It is simply a term used to differentiate it from temporary maintenance. Regardless of the income of the parties, there is no statutory formula to calculate permanent maintenance. It is very hard to anticipate what the Court will order in terms of permanent maintenance. It is important to have a law firm that has knowledge of all of the factors involved in determining what a potential maintenance order might be.

We can help you examine the options for your situation and give you an indication of whether spousal maintenance should be requested in your case. With challenging legal matters such as spousal maintenance you should contact us today to schedule your free initial consultation by calling 815-723-8300.