When you and your spouse divorce, there are a number of decisions you must make that will have a long-term impact on your quality of life. One of the decisions the Illinois courts generally make on behalf of those involved is whether or not one spouse must provide the other with monetary support, which is also known as maintenance or spousal support. At King Law Offices, in Orland Park, I am a family law attorney with extensive experience guiding clients throughout Illinois in divorce actions involving maintenance. I understand the stress involved in any divorce and know that dealing with financial matters often makes the process even more difficult. Whether you are the recipient of support or must pay it, I offer compassionate counsel and tireless advocacy in guiding you toward an equitable result that protects you and your family. Alimony is one of the most frequently fought-over issues in divorce, and while courts and lawyers strive to split marital assets equitably, “equitable” does not necessarily mean “equal.” At King Law Offices, I know the laws governing spousal support and the courts tasked with making support decisions. Whether your divorce is amicable or contentious, I strive toward a fair agreement that has your best interests in mind.
When determining whether or not maintenance should be granted, how much should be awarded, and how long it should continue, Illinois judges weigh certain factors, including a couple’s length of marriage, their standard of living during the marriage, the relative income of each individual, and the needs of each spouse. Retaining an experienced and trusted maintenance attorney can help you convince the court of your need for support, increasing the chance that maintenance will be awarded. Alternatively, I can also work to convince the judge that your ex-spouse does not need spousal support or needs less than he or she asked for. In Illinois, there are generally two types of maintenance:
At King Law Offices, I represent clients who are seeking maintenance as well as those who will be required to pay it. My clients are often concerned about whether they are required to pay maintenance if their circumstances change. Others come to me when they are not receiving the maintenance payments specified by the agreement. I can work to present evidence to the court as to why the amount you pay should be decreased or request that the court properly enforce the existing alimony agreement. My goal is to ensure a fair result that protects your standard of living.
At King Law Offices, I am dedicated to working toward an equitable maintenance result for the clients I represent throughout Illinois. Call me at 708-441-3736 or contact me online to schedule a consultation at my Orland Park office.