Will I Have to Pay Maintenance or Alimony?

Understanding Illinois Alimony Laws

When determining if you will be required to pay spousal maintenance, often called alimony, an Illinois court must follow the guidelines provided by state law. Maintenance is frequently awarded in divorce cases involving long marriages between spouses with disparate incomes, but the ultimate decision is based upon the court’s consideration of the individual circumstances of each case.

Under Illinois law, neither spouse is automatically entitled to receive payments of spousal maintenance after a divorce. Maintenance, sometimes known as alimony, is intended to help offset the financial effects of a divorce on an economically disadvantaged spouse. A couple may reach an agreement regarding maintenance of their accord, but when left to the court, there are very specific considerations that must be made. These include the length of the marriage, the lifestyle that was established, each spouse’s income and needs, contributions by each spouse to the other’s earning potential, and many more.

At Goostree Law Group, we understand the factors that the court will take into account when deciding if maintenance is needed in your divorce. Our attorneys are equipped to analyze your situation and to build a case that protects your rights and financial security. Whether you are being asked to make alimony payments or feel that you deserve to receive maintenance, we will work hard on your behalf. If maintenance is determined to be appropriate, our team will help ensure the amount and duration of the order will not compromise your financial situation.

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Divorce can be extremely complicated, but the professionals at Goostree Law Group can simplify the process for you. Contact our office today to speak with an experienced divorce attorney about your case. Call 630-584-4800 for a free, no-obligation consultation. With offices in St. Charles and Wheaton, Illinois, our firm is proud to serve individuals and families in Elgin, Batavia, Geneva, Aura, Elburn, Barrington, and the rest of Kane County, along with DuPage, Kendall, and DeKalb Counties.

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St. Charles, IL 60174


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Naperville IL 60563


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Wheaton, IL 60187


Our Illinois divorce attorneys represent clients in Kane County, DuPage County, Kendall County and DeKalb County, including Geneva, Batavia, St.Charles, Wayne, Wasco, Elburn, Virgil, Lily Lake, Aurora, North Aurora, Elgin, South Elgin, Bartlett, Crystal Lake, Gilberts, Millcreek, Maple Park, Kaneville, LaFox, Yorkville, Oswego, Plano, Sugar Grove, Big Rock, Bristol, Newark, DeKalb, Sycamore, Naperville, Wheaton, West Chicago, Winfield, Warrenville, Downers Grove, Lombard, Oak Brook, Streamwood, Hoffman Estates, Barrington, South Barrington, Lake Barrington, Schaumburg, Big Grove, Boulder Hill, Bristol, Joliet, Kendall, Lisbon, Minooka, Montgomery, Plainfield, Sandwich, Yorkville and many other cities.

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