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Facts About Alimony in Illinois

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When you get divorced, you and your former spouse will split your assets. You will retain your non-marital assets (e.g., assets you acquired before marriage), and a court will decide how the marital assets will be divided (e.g., assets you acquired during marriage).

But even after dividing your property, you or your spouse may still need continuing monetary support. For example, alimony in Illinois provides for former spouses who may have given up a career to raise a family, and now need some support while they sharpen their skills and reenter the workforce.

Similar to the division of marital property, the amount and duration of alimony in Illinois is determined by a court after consideration of several equitable factors:

  • income and property of each party, including the amount of marital and non-marital property assigned
  • individual needs
  • present and future earning capacity
  • impairment of earning capacity due to devoting time to domestic duties or having forgone or delayed education, training, employment, or career opportunities because of the marriage
  • time needed to acquire the appropriate education, training, and employment
  • standard of living established during the marriage
  • duration of the marriage
  • age and the physical and emotional condition of each party
  • contributions by the party seeking maintenance to the education, training, career or career potential of the other spouse

Alimony in Illinois is a fact specific determination made by the courts. The amount and duration of alimony can vary widely from couple to couple depending upon the factors above. To ensure you receive an appropriate alimony award, you should consult a family law attorney.

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