Spousal support, also sometimes known as alimony, is compensation paid by a former spouse to an ex-spouse on a temporary or a permanent basis. Decisions as to the type and amount of spousal support that the recipient spouse is owed typically depends upon a variety of different circumstances. These circumstances vary from couple to couple.
If you are in the midst of divorce proceedings, the knowledgeable Oak Brook spousal support lawyers at the Law Offices of George M. Sanders, P.C. can help you sort through this important issue. If you are the paying spouse, our legal team can work to ensure that any amount of spousal support you pay is reasonable. If you are the recipient spouse, we can help you pursue the full amount of the spousal support to which you may be entitled.
In some cases, a spouse may be entitled to receive alimony while the divorce proceedings are pending. If the parties cannot agree on the amount of temporary alimony to be paid during this time, the requesting spouse could file a motion with the court, and the court could decide on what, if any, amount of temporary alimony to which the recipient spouse is entitled. A court may also order rehabilitative alimony for a time period necessary to allow the recipient spouse to gain the relevant experience, skills, and training to become self-sufficient.
In many instances, alimony is not awarded until a final divorce decree is signed by a judge. In rare instances, a spouse may be entitled to permanent alimony. However, it is more likely that the spouse will receive alimony for a specified period of time. In making decisions about alimony, Illinois courts will consider a variety of factors, including the following:
It is important to keep in mind that changes to spousal support orders could be necessary over time. Generally speaking, in order for the court to order a change in spousal support, there must be a material change in circumstances that arises between one or both of the parties, such as a significant increase or decrease in annual income.
Spousal support is often a subject of much contention between parties who are in the process of divorcing. The experienced attorneys at the Law Offices of George M. Sanders, P.C. can help you work with the other side to resolve child support issues and disputes. To schedule a free case evaluation and legal consultation with an experienced Oak Brook spousal support attorney, please contact us online today.