Alimony, also called spousal support or maintenance, refers to payments made to a former spouse after a divorce. Illinois provides for alimony under certain circumstances.
Illinois Alimony Laws Overview
Illinois courts have a substantial amount of discretion in determining whether to award alimony, as well as the amount and duration of the support to be paid. The following chart list the factors considered by courts when determining whether to grant alimony in Illinois:
Illinois Statutes, Chapter 750, Families § 5/504
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The court will consider the following factors in determining whether a maintenance award is appropriate:
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Where the court determines maintenance is appropriate it shall order either:
Note: State laws are always subject to change through the passage of new legislation, rulings in the higher courts (including federal decisions), ballot initiatives, and other means. While we strive to provide the most current information available, please consult an attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.
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The Illinois divorce process allows courts to examine a wide array of factors when they determine whether to award alimony, as well as how much, and for how long. An attorney can help you prepare a presentation that introduces all the evidence necessary to ensure the court's decision is fair to you (especially if the other party is also lawyered-up). Get started today and find an experienced Illinois divorce attorney near you.
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