There are three types of spousal maintenance, also known as alimony, that may be awarded in Illinois; temporary, rehabilitative and permanent alimony.
Temporary spousal maintenance can be requested while a divorce case is pending so that a supported spouse can stay financially afloat during the divorce process. The court will evaluate each spouse’s income to determine what support is needed for children, if any, and a lower earning spouse. Typically temporary support will end when the divorce is finalized replaced by new orders for child support and any ongoing spousal maintenance.
Rehabilitative alimony is just what it the name suggests. It is an award of spousal maintenance that allows a spouse to find their financial footing following a divorce which may require training or education to reenter the or time to secure child care so that a parent can return to work. Spousal maintenance may be awarded for short or long periods depending on the unique circumstance of the case – periodic check-ins on progress toward achieving financial independence will likely be part of the plan.
For marriages of long duration, permanent spousal maintenance may be awarded. If a couple is married for over fifteen years and decide to divorce, the court may order the spouse who earned the lion’s share of the income to continue to support an ex-spouse, who may not be able to find gainful employment after being out of the job market for decades, who may have dedicated themselves to raising the family.
If you are divorcing, it is important to avail yourself of all sources of financial support you are entitled to receive. The experienced family law attorneys of Schlesinger & Strauss LLC can help you navigate the divorce process, ensuring that you understand your rights. Contact our Lake county alimony attorneys for assistance at 847-680-4970.