Divorce can involve a lot of financial considerations, including child support payments and division of property. When there is a significant gap between earning capacity or income of the spouses, spousal maintenance (better known as alimony) may be awarded. Whether you are seeking maintenance or you are facing a claim from your spouse, you need skilled legal representation. The law firm of Camic Johnson, Ltd., in Aurora, Illinois, can help you protect your financial future.
With extensive knowledge and experience in all areas of family law, the firm's attorneys help clients pursue and defend against claims for spousal maintenance. Divorce can have a huge impact on your finances, so Camic Johnson is focused on reaching the best possible resolution in a timely and cost-effective manner. To save on court costs, the firm can help you negotiate a fair settlement with your ex-spouse. As skilled litigators, its attorneys can also represent you in court if an agreement can't be reached.
To talk to an alimony attorney at Camic Johnson, call our Elgin office at 847-468-0135 today. Most initial consultations are provided free of charge.
How Spousal Maintenance Is Decided
While child support is decided by statutory guidelines in Illinois, the spousal maintenance regulations have much more room for interpretation. A court may or may not decide to grant it based on the needs and abilities of the spouses. The amount and duration will depend on the court's discretion.
A judge will review several factors in making decisions about maintenance, and these include:
- Length of the marriage
- Income and property of each spouse
- Whether one spouse gave up a career to raise the children
- The time it will take for the party seeking maintenance to acquire training, education or employment
- Whether one spouse contributed to the education or career of the other spouse
- Financial contributions to the marriage
- Age or health problems
- Young children at home
Property and debt division also can have a considerable impact on spousal maintenance. Camic Johnson's experience with complex, high-income divorces can be an asset in your case.
The firm can also help you resolve a post-divorce dispute over alimony. If circumstances have significantly changed for you or your ex-spouse regarding employment, health, income, or other factors, the firm can help you modify maintenance orders. If your ex-spouse is not complying with an alimony payment agreement, the firm's attorneys can represent you in a contempt proceeding.