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How does standard of living affect spousal support?

It is common knowledge among the general population and Illinois courts that married couples enjoy certain financial advantages that disappear once that couple gets divorced. One such advantage is the fact that the couple only has to maintain one household. That means there is only one rent or mortgage to pay, one electricity bill to pay, one garbage bill to pay, etc. When couples stop cohabitating, the cost savings of shared expenses vanish, which can put a huge financial strain on both parties. To help ease the burden, Illinois courts may attempt to establish a marital standard of living and adjust the alimony or spousal support award accordingly—but not always.  

Are you a victim of financial abuse in your marriage?

You may be among many for whom it is difficult admitting that you are a victim of domestic abuse. With physical abuse often comes emotional manipulation that can make the victim believe the abuser has a good reason for causing injury or that things will get better if you can only make your abuser happy. Holding on to these or other untruths can place you in a dangerous, even life-threatening position.

How do you prepare your home for sale?

When you are thinking about selling your home in Illinois, the lyrics to an old song may give you some guidance on how to prepare: accentuate the positive and eliminate the negative. According to FindLaw, another word for the process of presenting the house in the best possible light, and possibly even increasing the sale price, is "staging." 

The different types of alimony in Illinois

It often seems that as soon as the issue of divorce comes up between you and your spouse, so too does the matter of alimony. A vast majority of the clients that come to see us here at the Essig Law Office do so assuming that they will either have to pay or be entitled to receive alimony. No matter which perspective they are coming from, nearly all are shocked to learn that the awarding of spousal maintenance is not automatic. Rather, the judge hearing your case in Washington will make a determination as to whether or not it is even an option. 

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