Spousal Maintenance Attorney Serving Kane, Kendall, DeKalb and DuPage Counties
Proceedings related to spousal support, also called alimony, can be very difficult for everyone involved, but the Law Office of Van A. Larson, P.C., centrally located in downtown Batavia, can help. Attorney Van A. Larson has more than 39 years of experience helping spouses obtain the maintenance and support the law provides, while making every effort to reduce the stress of the process.
Illinois Spousal Maintenance Guidelines
As recently as last year, spousal support was left entirely to the discretion of the court in Illinois, which often led to unpredictable results. Beginning in 2015, however, Illinois law now provides a standardized guideline for developing spousal maintenance orders. The circumstances of the marriage dictate whether support is appropriate, but when it is, courts are required to follow the formula set forth in the law.
Amount: Using both spouses’ gross income, the amount to be paid is equal to 30 percent of the payor’s income minus 20 percent of the payee’s income, as long as the award plus the payee’s income does not exceed 40 percent of the couple’s total income.
Duration: The length of time the award will be in force is to be calculated as a percentage of the length of the marriage. The duration will equal the length of the marriage times the appropriate percentage factor:
- 20 percent for marriages lasting up to five years;
- 40 percent for marriages lasting five to ten years;
- 60 percent for marriages lasting ten to 15 years; and
- 80 percent for marriages lasting 15 to 20 years;
Marriages lasting 20 or more years are subject to support awards equal to the length of the marriage or the court may choose to award permanent maintenance.
The courts are granted some freedom to deviate from the standard guidelines if necessary, based on the facts of an individual case.
Spousal Support Attorney Working to Serve Families in Kane, DuPage, Kendall, and DeKalb Counties
Conveniently located in Batavia, Illinois, the Law Office of Van A. Larson, P.C. is prepared to help spouses settle their differences as quickly and easily as possible. With more than thee decades of family law experience, Attorney Van A. Larson has worked with hundreds of clients to get the spousal support they need to move on with their life after divorce. Whether you and your spouse are able to negotiate an agreement outside of court or litigation becomes necessary, you can rely on our team to provide the representation you need and deserve.
Contact a Spousal Support Lawyer Today
If you are considering spousal support as part of your divorce, or if you think you may be required to pay spousal support, Attorney Van A. Larson can help you understand your options. Contact> the Law Offices of Van A. Larson, P.C. to schedule your free initial consultation. Call 630-879-9090 today and put our experience to work for you.