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Spousal maintenance may help financially dependent after divorce

Going through a divorce can deal a financial blow to a person in Illinois, especially if the individual has been financially dependent on his or her soon-to-be-ex. Fortunately, spousal maintenance may be awarded if one divorcing party has a monetary need and the ex has the ability to pay. Spousal maintenance can be either permanent or temporary depending on one's situation.

Does spousal maintenance have to be paid monthly?

Being ordered to send monthly spousal maintenance payments may be a hindrance for some former spouses because they want to be free of any reminders of their former marriages. Others might simply be worried about accidentally missing a payment. Those who are divorcing in Illinois and are negotiating spousal maintenance could avoid monthly payments by paying it all in a lump sum.

Factors that determine spousal maintenance in Illinois

When a couple gets a divorce, one party may receive alimony from the other. Alimony is typically awarded to help one spouse maintain a previous standard of living until he or she is able to find work and support him or herself. There are a variety of factors that a court will take into consideration when determining how much alimony to award.

How spousal support is determined in Illinois

When a married couple decides to divorce, the issue of spousal support, also known as alimony, may arise. This matter can be decided outside of a court, but if a couple cannot come to an agreement, it will be up to a judge to determine if spousal support is owed, how much will be paid and for how long.

Alimony troubles for NBA champ Dwayne Wade

In an Illinois divorce, an Agreed Preliminary Injunction, or API, can require that the divorcing parties set up a shared bank account into which income should be deposited. Funds can then be allocated to the proper recipients, and this kind of agreement may be especially useful in a high-asset divorce.

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