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Financial support should not be a gender issue

In marriage, spouses in Illinois may have to make some major compromises in their careers for the sake of their relationship. When the relationship ends, though, the effects of those decisions do not. Spousal support is intended to provide balance so that neither spouse suffers a significant standard-of-living decrease after the divorce.

Will you be required to pay alimony to your spouse after divorce?

If you and your spouse have decided to follow through with divorce under Illinois law, you may be well aware that a barrage of decisions is waiting to be made. One of these important determinations may be whether or not alimony, paying or receiving, is going to be a part of your outcome. Often, this decision is made after considering a variety of factors, as well as taking into account the personal desires of both you and your spouse.

Can I avoid an order to pay alimony?

If you are ordered by an Illinois court to pay alimony, then you must pay. However, you can try to prevent this order in the first place by planning ahead. According to the Illinois State Bar Association, there are certain things you can do to help reduce the chances of being responsible for paying alimony.

What factors affect alimony decisions?

If you are getting divorced, you may wonder if you can get alimony. Spousal support, as it may be referred to, is allocated in Illinois at the discretion of the court. However, the awarding of payments will be based upon a variety of factors. The goal is to keep the judgement fair for you and your spouse.

An overview of spousal maintenance laws in Illinois

It's natural for married couples who are thinking about divorce to be concerned about the financial implications of leaving their spouse - both in the immediate future and down the road. In Illinois, an award of spousal maintenance can help alleviate some of that concern.

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