Every family in Illinois is unique. Many families have two working parents, though extenuating circumstances could leave a family with both adults out of work. These choices are often very personal and may seem to have an otherwise negligible effect on other aspects of life, but that may not be so during a divorce. If you’re ready to divorce, but only one of the two of you worked throughout the marriage — or if one of you vastly out earned the other — those choices could play a significant role in proceedings.
You may not even be sure if you qualify for spousal maintenance, which is understandable. Often, if one spouse remained home either to raise the children or take care of the home, he or she may need a helping hand to adjust back to single life. Even if both spouses worked, the individual who earned significantly less than the other is usually entitled to alimony. Although he or she may already have a job, alimony in instances such as this is intended to help that person maintain a lifestyle that he or she has become accustomed to, or allow them the time necessary to seek out a higher paying job.
Once who is entitled to alimony has been determined, finding out what he or she is owed can be just as intimidating. The rules can be complicated and, in many instances, seem arbitrary. Of course, there are multiple formulas for determining what a person is entitled to, but some people may be completely unaware that a judge can exercise his or her discretion in such matters and can instead award an amount that may be more just.
The reality is that no single formula in Illinois that can be utilized to make sure that you’re getting what you’re owed. Many times solid, experienced help is necessary for seeking and getting what you deserve during a divorce. More information concerning spousal maintenance and our background can be found on our website.