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Spousal Support After The Marriage Ends

Marriages often end with the divorcing parties on differing financial footing. Frequently, one party has financial advantages that the other lacks.

Divorce courts have long recognized spousal support — also known as alimony or spousal maintenance — as a way of financially compensating the poorer spouse for this inequity.

I am Kevin W. Thomas, a family law attorney experienced in spousal support cases. I assist divorcing couples in resolving spousal support concerns, whether through negotiation, mediation or litigation in court. To arrange a free consultation, call 630-485-8012. From my office in St. Charles, I serve clients throughout the tri-city area.

What Factors Affect Alimony Decisions In Illinois?

When possible, I advise my clients to settle their alimony issues out of court, because it gives them more control over the decision while potentially saving significant amounts of time and money.

It can be difficult to predict how much a divorce court may grant in spousal support. Judges decide on spousal support depending on several factors. They include:

  • Age and marriage length — If both parties are young and the marriage was short, the case for support is less clear.
  • Current earnings and employability — If one party has substantially greater earnings than the other, the case for support is stronger.
  • Educational levels — If the parties have comparable educational levels, that is not a factor favoring support.

Will You Have Enough Money?

Often, alimony awards rely on which divorcing party makes most money and which spouse has the greatest need. If both parties are employed and have similar incomes and assets, a divorce court may be reluctant to award alimony.

There are exceptions. If one party has a job while the other does not, if one party has significantly fewer assets than the other party or if one party has been primarily responsible for parenting the children from the marriage, a strong argument for spousal support can be made.

As your attorney, I can discuss your situation with you, research the facts and either negotiate for alimony or pursue it in court. I can also help you pursue an enforcement action for any unpaid spousal support judgments that may be due to you.

What If Your Circumstances Change?

People remarry. People relocate. People obtain and lose jobs. If you or your ex-spouse's economic or personal circumstances change significantly, I may be able to help you secure a modification of your spousal support terms.

The Law Office of Kevin W. Thomas is familiar with spousal support and support modifications as they occur in Illinois. My extensive trial experience and mediation training enable me to effectively represent my clients' interests in negotiations or in court.

Get The Help You Need From An Experienced Lawyer

I understand that divorcing spouses and their families need help in achieving the spousal and child support levels they need in their daily lives.

For more information or to schedule an initial free consultation, call my office or contact me online.

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Upon graduating from the John Marshall Law School in 1994, Kevin W. Thomas began his legal career as a lawyer with the Legal Aid Bureau in Chicago assisting low income families with family law matters. He has extensive experience...

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