When you and your spouse decide to divorce, you may be concerned about your ability to financially support yourself moving forward. Whether you seek or challenge spousal support, such considerations can become contested throughout the divorce.

At Lavin & Parisi, Attorneys at Law, we protect your financially security following a divorce. With over 35 years of experience in assisting individuals and families across Illinois, we provide the comprehensive, personable support you need to emerge from the divorce in a stable, productive position.

Considering Whether Spousal Support Is Warranted

Illinois courts consider multiple factors to determine the need for spousal support among divorcing couples. Factors that the court considers include:

  • The income, property and assets of each spouse
  • The length of the marriage
  • The lifestyle or standard of living throughout the marriage
  • The needs, age, health, occupation and more of each spouse
  • The earning capacities of each spouse

The court also weighs the roles of each spouse throughout the marriage, including if the homemaker contributions of one spouse allowed the other to further their career and earning capacity. Attorney John Parisi and his team take a thorough approach to reviewing and advocating for your case, whether you are the potential payor or receiver.

Determining How Much Alimony To Award

After the court decides to award spousal maintenance, the amount and duration of payments are decided. For couples with less than $500,000 in gross income and no prior child support or alimony obligations, statutory guidelines dictate both the amount and duration of payments. The duration of payments reflects the length of the marriage.

Some couples may have circumstances that extend beyond these guidelines. For those with gross income exceeding $500,000, the court determines customized payments based on relevant factors. For couples ending marriages of 20 years or more, the court may either award alimony for an equal amount of time or indefinitely.

We can anticipate the amount and duration of alimony payments. We will strategically represent you to pursue what you are rightfully due throughout a divorce proceeding, following an order of protection hearing or when modifications are necessary.

Consult With A Knowledgeable Lawyer

The outcome of spousal support disputes can have a substantial impact on your life moving forward. Contact our Crystal Lake office to schedule a complementary consultation. Call us at 815-261-4894 or send us an email.