When is Spousal Support or Alimony Awarded in Illinois?

An Illinois Court may award spousal support or maintenance without regard to fault, in any amount that the Court deems just considering all relevant factors including: the income and property of each party; the needs of each party; the present and future earning capacity of each party; any impairment of the present and future earning capacity of the party due to the fact that that party devoted time to domestic duties; the time necessary to enable the party seeking maintenance to acquire education, training ad employment and whether that party is able to work or is the custodian of a child; the standard of living established during marriage; the duration of the marriage; the age and physical and emotional condition of each party; the tax consequences; contributions of the spouse seeking maintenance to the education, training and career of the other spouse; any valid agreement of the parties; and any other factor that the court finds to be just and equitable. (Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act 750 ILCS 5/504)

The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.

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