The Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act governs the distribution of alimony, also known as spousal support or spousal maintenance in Illinois. These laws were substantially amended in 2019, and the formulas below refer to all divorces filed in 2019 or later.
In Illinois, the basic alimony formula is as follows:
(33% of the payer’s net income) – (25% of the recipient’s net income) = the yearly maintenance paid.
One stipulation is that the sum awarded cannot result in the receiving partner earning more than 40% of the couple’s total net income.
*Please keep in mind that these are just projections, and the sums shown are based solely on your inputs and do not account for the financial effect of separating assets or debts. This calculator is just meant to give you a rough estimate of how much spousal maintenance costs.
The duration of spousal support or maintenance payments in Illinois is primarily determined by the period of the marriage. Payments will be made for a percentage of the years of marriage, with the percentage increasing as the marriage progresses, as seen below.
This means that if alimony is ordered following a 10-year marriage, the payments will last for 4.4 years.
Keep in mind that these are just the basics of how spousal support is calculated; other variables may have an impact on the amounts. Please contact our office today to arrange a free consultation to discuss your specific circumstances in greater detail. To get answers to your divorce and alimony issues, call 312-445-8830 right now.
In general, the formulas outlined above would apply if a couple’s gross annual income is less than $500,000 and the paying partner is not currently subject to any child support orders. Also outside of these situations, though, the same formulas are often used to determine help.
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* Note: The above table does not reflect maintenance duration.
Spousal maintenance is intended to assist a former spouse in gaining financial stability after the divorce. It’s important to remember, though, that not all Illinois divorces result in child support. When deciding whether alimony is needed, the following factors will be considered:
Because no two divorces are the same, it’s in your best interest to speak with an experienced local divorce attorney about your unique circumstances and priorities if you’re considering divorce. To learn more about how Law Office of Demetrios N Dalmares and Associates Ltd. can help you, contact us today for a free case consultation.
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