Spousal Maintenance/Alimony

Alimony, or spousal maintenance, is designed to provide support to a spouse following the divorce. Alimony can help a spouse become self-sufficient or it can provide long-term support. There are three types of alimony:

  • Permanent maintenance — This is an ongoing financial obligation until the death of the former spouse.
  • Maintenance in gross — Unlike an ongoing obligation, maintenance in gross is a fixed sum paid in a lump sum or in installments.
  • Rehabilitative maintenance — This is a form of maintenance that is designed to help a former spouse secure an education or skills necessary to begin earning sufficient income to support himself or herself.

Recent Changes To Alimony Law

In 2014, laws were put into place that drastically changed the determination of alimony in Illinois. One of the main changes is that now, for couples earning less than $250,000 combined, there is a formula that may be used to determine alimony. The addition of this formula is just one of the changes. We can help you understand how these changes impact your individual situation.

More Than 30 Years Of Family Law Experience

At Abate & Smith, attorney Michael J. Smith offers family law representation that is backed by more than three decades of experience. He is committed to using his depth of experience and understanding of the new alimony laws to help his clients secure an outcome to the determination of alimony that works for them and the lives they hope to build following their divorces. In addition to helping people with the determination of alimony during the divorce process, attorney Smith can assist with any modifications that may be necessary should your circumstances change.

Alimony Lawyer Serving Rockford, Illinois

Abate & Smith has the skill and experience to help you secure the best possible outcome to the determination of alimony. To schedule an initial consultation, call 815-516-8169 or contact us online.