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Spousal Support (Alimony / Maintenance)

*** Radical Change in Illinois’ Alimony Law Effective Jan 1, 2015 ***

Illinois has a new alimony law which goes into effect on January 1, 2015. The governor has signed the bill into law, and it is official.

The term “Alimony” was the legal word for spousal support until 1977, when the Illinois Divorce Act underwent a major overhaul. Spousal support was renamed “Maintenance” at that time. For the sake of understandability, this article uses the word “Alimony” when referring to Maintenance and … [Read more…]

Alimony: How Much and for How Long?

Answer: Spousal support, Maintenance, and Alimony mean the same thing. It is awarded to the financially dependent spouse when it is appropriate and when the other spouse is able to afford paying it. The factors that the court considers when determining the entitlement, amounts, and duration of maintenance include: The age, health, property (including the property awarded in the divorce), income, needs, … [Read more…]

The Nine Factors for Changing an Alimony Award

Terminating, Reviewing or Modifying Maintenance Awards Illinois’ Maintenance statute was amended (effective January 1, 2004). It now gives the court nine factors to use as criteria in deciding petitions that seek modification, termination or a review of maintenance. Until January 1, 2004, the courts were limited to the use of the 12 initial criteria of the initial maintenance award. The nine new statutory … [Read more…]

Can I Collect under My Ex Spouse’s Social Security?

Answer: This is a general explanation of the social security benefits that you, as a divorced person, may be entitled to receive based upon your former spouse’s social security work record. While there are some additional conditions and exceptions (always check with your local social security office), you can collect benefits under your ex’s social security record if: You are 62 or older; you were married to … [Read more…]

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