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20 N. Clark Street, Suite 2720
Chicago, Illinois 60602
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1515 E. Woodfield Road, Suite 640
Schaumburg, IL 60173
Phone: 847-995-9999

Wheaton Office

400 S. County Farm Road, Suite 320
Wheaton, Illinois 60187
Phone: 630-653-9400

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15255 W. 94th Ave., Suite 201
Orland Park, IL 60462
Phone: 708-226-9904

Chicago Spousal Maintenance Lawyers

Aggressive Alimony and Support Representation in Chicago

If you have concerns about maintenance, we can explain what options are available to you. Whether seeking or preparing to pay spousal support, the law office of Anderson & Associates, P.C. is committed to assisting clients with divorce matters with integrity and equity. Our attorneys are available to answer any questions that arise throughout the process to make sure you have a thorough understanding of what you are facing. By nature, maintenance negotiations can be extremely challenging and emotional, but we know what it takes to keep communications focused and as serene as possible.

Understanding Maintenance

In Illinois, alimony is often referred to as spousal maintenance. Maintenance is a regular or lump sum payment from one party to another during and after divorce to help the former spouse make the financial transition in the wake of divorce. According to Section 504 of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act (750 ILCS 5/504), there are several factors that guide maintenance awards:

  • Income and property (marital and non-marital) of each party
  • Established needs of each party
  • Current and future perceived earnings of each party
  • Obstacles to current and future earnings due to life changes
  • Time needed to secure education or employment to improve earnings
  • Which party is the custodial parent
  • Length of the marriage
  • Alimony terms outlined in a marital agreement (i.e. prenuptial/postnuptial)
  • Overall state of each party (i.e. health, age)
  • Tax liabilities of property division

Many other factors are considered to help the court decide maintenance awards and amounts. Our firm is positioned to advocate on both sides of the issue helping men and women receive and issue reasonable financial support. Although there are exceptions based on the unique circumstances of every relationship, maintenance is generally temporary and not intended to be an ongoing means of financial support.

Conditions for Maintenance

If you are planning to pay or receive maintenance, you must think carefully about the conditions of the payments. There are many questions to consider when structuring the agreement including:

  • How long will the maintenance payments last?
  • Will maintenance be terminated in the event of remarriage?
  • Will maintenance be based on a time constraint or accomplishment of a goal?

Whatever your goals are, we will craft a strategy to successfully represent your wishes and protect your rights through negotiation or in court.

If you need help with spousal maintenance/alimony matters, contact us to schedule a free consultation. From our Chicago Office and three regional offices, we represent clients through the Chicago area including Cook County, DuPage County, Lake County, and beyond.