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What factors affect the support you could get after divorce?

When you go through a divorce, you probably have significant concerns about what this process may mean for your future. The end of a marriage can be costly, and the financial impact may last for years to come. You understand the importance of securing fair terms and the appropriate amount of spousal support you need. 

Not everyone is eligible for spousal support. If you are eligible, it is possible that you could get benefits for a certain period of time, or you may not get as much as you think you will. There are specific factors that affect how much a person gets and the amount. Whether you will be able to settle the issue of spousal support in negotiations or you will take your divorce before a court, it may be helpful to learn more about the considerations that may affect your support order.

How much and for how long?

The purpose of alimony is to offset the economic inequity that a divorce often brings to a lesser-earning spouse. If you stayed home with the kids, gave up career opportunities to support your spouse or earned significantly less than your spouse, there is a lot of financial uncertainty in your future. When considering the issue of spousal support, the court may look at the following factors: 

  • The physical condition of both spouses and how long they will be able to work
  • The mental and emotional state of each spouse and how that may impact their work
  • How long the marriage lasted
  • The income of each spouse and whether they have the opportunity to earn more money
  • How long a person will need in order to find new employment or get a better job
  • Whether a person will need additional education and training to reenter the workforce and earn an income that can support him or her

These factors can determine whether you will be eligible for this type of financial support after your divorce. They may also impact the length of time that you will receive this support. For example, an Illinois family court may grant it to you long enough for you to get whatever training you need and find a job.

You have the right advocate for your financial future during your divorce. Whether it is through a fair property division settlement or spousal support, you may want to seek guidance regarding how you can pursue the security you need to move forward after your divorce.

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