Helping You Establish Support

Upon the dissolution of a marriage, you are splitting one household into two separate households. The life that you are used to will be disassembled and both of you will need to rebuild. In some cases, the courts award provisions to one spouse in order to help them get their new life started. At P. Ann O'Connell Law, Ltd., we guide our clients through the process, negotiate and fight for their best interest.

Understanding Spousal Maintenance Equations.

Illinois courts use a formulaic approach when determining the maintenance award — or alimony payments. The amount of maintenance owed is ascertained by a formula based on 30 percent of the income of the higher-earning spouse minus 20 percent of the total income of the lower-earning spouse.

Illinois guidelines determine the length of maintenance based on the amount of time the couple was married.

Considering All Possible Factors

While this formula is the basis for calculating the amount, the court may consider other factors when deciding if an award is needed and how long the award will be paid out.

Common factors considered include:

  • Length of marriage
  • Age of individual seeking support
  • Education level of the individual
  • The ability or an ability of the individual to be self-supporting
  • Income, assets and net worth of both spouses
  • Nonmarital property of the individual
  • Standard of living during the marriage

The need, amount and length of the award is based on your current situation. If the circumstances of either party change, it is possible to seek an adjustment of the award status. Our attorney can help you pursue those changes.

Advocating For Your Future

If you have questions regarding the award process or would like to modify a current spousal maintenance agreement, contact us today. Call our Evanston office at 847-859-5453 to speak with our experienced spousal support lawyer today. We serve families in Cook County and Lake County.