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Did You Fall For These Myths About Alimony?

In a divorce proceeding, issues such as custody and finances are often contentious—particularly when it comes to alimony. There are a lot of myths surrounding filing for spousal support, which is also known as alimony. Let take a look at some of these myths to ensure you are prepared for a meeting with your alimony lawyer in Rolling Meadows, IL.

Myth #1: Alimony Is No Longer Relevant in Today’s World

In today’s modern world, many wives also work during the marriage, but it’s just as common for one spouse to put his or her career on hold for the sake of the children. Familial obligations take the place of
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Illinois New Maintenance (Formerly Known as Alimony) Law – 750 ILCS 5/504

As of January 1, 2018, the Illinois spousal maintenance law has changed the parties’ combined gross income threshold from $250,000 to $500,000. Courts are required to take into account several factors to determine whether alimony should be awarded. If these mandate spousal maintenance, the family law court will use the statutory formula to calculate the amount of maintenance that should be awarded to the receiving spouse as well as the duration of time it will be paid.

If the combined income exceeds the threshold, the court will have the discretion in determining the duration and amount of maintenance by weighing in different factors outlined in the statute.

Statutory Guidelines

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Alimony Defined

Gavel on top of books | Alimony in Schaumburg IL

In divorce situations, the court might award something called “alimony” to one of the spouses. Also called spousal support or maintenance, payment is based on an agreement between the couple or a decision made by the court. If you are looking for an alimony lawyer in Rolling Meadows, IL, look no further than Robert Kaplan. If you are getting divorced, he has the experience to help you through the alimony process.

Why Is Alimony Necessary?

Alimony is designed to help with any unfair economic advantage one spouse may have over another once they divorce. For example, if one spouse put a career on hold to raise the children, he ...

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Illinois Spousal Maintenance (Formerly Known as Alimony)

Desk with phone paper and gavel | Spousal Maintenance in Schaumburg IL

A new law on spousal maintenance (formerly known as alimony) in Illinois goes into effect January 1, 2015. The new law creates a mathematical formula to determine maintenance; much like one has been in use for years in determining child support. 

While there undoubtedly will be numerous questions, issues and even unforeseen consequences of the new law, both positive and negative, the purpose of this article is to review the mechanics of the new maintenance formula.

Under the current law, whether a spouse is entitled to maintenance is based on the statutory factors detailed Section 504(a) of the Marriage Act. The factors include: the income of both parties; the property both ...

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