Illinois Alimony Laws and Spousal Support

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Illinois Alimony

Either party may be awarded alimony if it is determined that the party seeking spousal support is: 
  • unable to support him or herself through appropriate employment or is the custodian of a child whose condition or circumstances make it appropriate that he or she not be required to seek employment outside the home; and 

  • lacks sufficient resources, including any marital property, to provide for his or her reasonable needs; or 

  • is otherwise without sufficient income.

In determining the amount and duration of alimony or spousal support, an Illinois Court will consider:

  • the time necessary to acquire sufficient education and training to enable the spouse to find appropriate employment; 

  • the standard of living established during the marriage;

  • the duration of the marriage; 

  • the age of the spouses;

  • the physical and emotional conditions of the spouses

  • the ability of the spouse from whom support is sought to meet his or her needs while meeting those of the spouse seeking support;

  • the financial resources of the spouse seeking maintenance, including marital property apportioned to such spouse and such spouse's ability to meet his or her needs independently; (8) the tax consequences to each spouse; and 

  • any custodial and child support responsibilities. 

Marital fault may not be considered in assessing a party’s request for Illinois alimony or spousal support.

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