Low Fee Divorce Attorneys in DuPage County
We here at Legal Ease Law Clinic are here to help with your divorce. All individuals should be represented in a divorce matter by a competent experienced attorney. Many issues can come up and without adequate representation, you may be agreeing to something you don’t understand or be forgetting about issues that may come up later after your divorce. Many things you should be considering when divorcing are: spousal support or otherwise known as alimony; retirement accounts; asset splitting; child custody issues; child support issues; retirement benefits; health insurance issues; pet custody; homes/houses; cars; and debt issues.
A couple usually enters into a marriage with the intentions of it being a lifelong partnership. Therefore, a divorce is a very serious and complicated matter and shouldn’t be taken lightly. It can be a struggle deciding how to divide assets, money, account, or other parts of your lives. Let us, experienced family law lawyers help you with such a life changing event. We at Legal Ease Law Clinic understand all the components to a divorce and will make sure that you get the best outcome that is possible in your case. We think of everything you might not think of. Some questions to ask yourself if you are thinking about divorce are covered through out our website.
Call us today to schedule your free consultation for Divorce and Child Custody issues in DuPage, Kane, Will, Kendall, Cook and Dekalb counties.
Alimony / Spousal Maintenance
That is a very common question. Many times, women tend not to want to divorce because they are scared of how they will support themselves. Luckily there is Illinois Statutes that dictate spousal maintenance or what used to be known as alimony.
Calculating Alimony or Spousal Maintenance
Currently, the calculation or formula used to calculate maintenance in Illinois is the following:
(33% of the payer’s net income) – (25% of the payee’s net income) = yearly support paid
Now, the yearly support paid cannot be more than 40% of the couple’s combined income.
Support is generally paid on a monthly basis. So once the yearly amount is calculated, divide that amount by 12 to get the monthly payment.
How long does spousal support go for? Or How many years do I have to pay alimony?
Illinois also has laws that limit the amount of time alimony is paid for. The length of payments is determined by the length of the marriage.
(Length of Marriage) x (Multiplier from Chart) = Length of Maintenance Payments
Length of Marriage Multiplier
Less than 5 years 0.20
5 years 0.24
6 years 0.28
7 years 0.32
8 years 0.36
9 years 0.40
10 years 0.44
11 years 0.48
12 years 0.52
13 years 0.56
14 years 0.60
15 years 0.64
16 years 0.68
17 years 0.72
18 years 0.76
19 years 0.80
20 years or more 1.00 or indefinite
There are many other factors that can go into maintenance. Many of the factors include: income and properties held by each spouse, needs of each spouse, realistic present and future earning capacity of each spouse, impairment to earning, delay or stopping career advancement or education due to the other spouse or childcare, standard of living established during the marriage, all sources of income, and any agreement between the parties. It is not as clear cut as the above formula shows and this is not an exhaustive list of factors listed to determine spousal support. Please call an experienced family law attorney today to assist in getting the correct amount ordered or agreed to in your case. Whether you are the payor, the one paying alimony, or the payee, the one receiving alimony; it is best to get a professional to represent you and get the right amount set for your case and your specific circumstances.