If you are beginning divorce process and believe that spousal maintenance will be an issue, the best way to protect yourself is to hire an experienced family law attorney. At Ronald L. Bell & Associates P.C., our family law experience dates back to 1980. We represent clients in Libertyville, Lake County and throughout northern Illinois. Whether you are concerned about the amount of spousal maintenance you should receive or your obligation to pay, we can represent your interests.
Spousal maintenance is also known by the terms alimony and spousal support. There are several types, including rehabilitative, temporary maintenance, permanent and lump sum maintenance (which is less advisable due to tax consequences).
The purpose of spousal maintenance is to help the spouses continue a similar standard of living that they were used to during the marriage. Spousal maintenance can also be used to help a nonworking spouse obtain education or training to reenter the workforce.
Our Libertyville spousal maintenance attorney encourages clients to work out a spousal maintenance agreement on their own whenever possible. If court involvement is necessary, the court will look at many different factors to determine the amount of spousal maintenance while the divorce is pending and after, if applicable. Some factors include:
- Disparity of the incomes
- Ability to earn income
- Ability to adjust and move forward
- Income-earning inhibitors
- Standard of living
- Contribution of each party to the marriage
- Duration of marriage
- Age and physical and emotional conditions
- Tax consequences
- Agreements between the parties
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Whatever your position, we will strive to obtain a spousal maintenance settlement that is fair and meets your needs. We are committed to pursuing your objectives through settlement, negotiation or trial.
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