When a marriage ends in divorce, one household becomes two. In many marriages, one spouse is the primary earner while the other earns less money but contributes to the household in other ways. The spouse who earns less often faces relative financial hardship upon divorce.
Spousal maintenance, also known as spousal support or alimony, is designed to remedy this financial disparity. Along with property division, spousal maintenance exerts a strong influence on each spouse’s overall financial picture after divorce. If you are seeking spousal maintenance or your spouse is seeking it from you, it is important to consult with an experienced divorce lawyer who can protect your rights.
At Johnson, Johnson, & Nolan, Attorneys at Law, our lawyers have significant experience handling spousal maintenance issues and other matters that arise in a high-asset divorce. With law offices in Belleville, we provide experienced divorce law guidance to clients throughout St. Clair County and the surrounding Illinois communities.
How Is Spousal Maintenance Determined?
Judges have broad discretion when ruling on spousal maintenance cases. Factors they take into consideration when determining the amount and duration of alimony include:
- The length of the marriage
- The marital standard of living
- The income and earning power of each spouse
- The age and health of each spouse
Our lawyers are well-versed in the Illinois laws that pertain to spousal maintenance. We can help you understand your rights and pursue the best possible outcome in this critical legal and financial matter.