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Factors that impact alimony in the state of Illinois

Do you live in the state of Illinois? Are you going through a divorce?

If you find yourself in this position, you're going to have many questions in the near future. For example, you may have questions about child custody, child support, and property and debt division.

While all of these details are important, don't overlook the fact that alimony could come into play. With this, one person pays the other a monthly payment for an amount of time determined by the court.

The factors considered by the court when awarding and calculating alimony include:

-- The income earned by each individual.

-- The property owned by each individual.

-- The current and future earning capacity of both people.

-- Any impairment of a person to earn as the result of a decision made during the marriage.

-- The standard of living while the couple was married.

-- The duration of the marriage.

-- The health, age, occupation, skills, and needs of both individuals.

-- All sources of income, both private and public.

As you can see, the court has a lot to consider when deciding if one person should make alimony payments to the other after a divorce.

There is no guarantee that a divorce will lead to spousal support. However, if you have reason to believe that you should receive alimony, it's important to learn more about your rights and the details the court will consider.

With the right approach, you may find yourself in position to receive spousal support payments either temporarily or on a permanent basis.

Source: FindLaws, "Illinois Alimony Laws," accessed March 30, 2017

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