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Spousal Support Attorneys

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Lawyers Handling Spousal Maintenance Matters in Downers Grove, Lisle, Naperville, and Throughout the Area

Spousal support, or alimony, is one of several issues that parties encounter in an Illinois divorce case. The primary legal purpose of spousal support is to enable the recipient spouse to maintain the same standard of living that he or she grew accustomed to during the marriage. In Illinois, either party can seek spousal support.

If you are beginning or are in the middle of an Illinois divorce proceeding or spousal support dispute, the experienced attorneys at Nigohosian & Dahlquist, P.C. are available to help. Upon contacting our office, our respected spousal support attorneys will review your individual circumstances and take the necessary legal actions to ensure that your spousal support issues are resolved fairly and equitably.

Types of Illinois Spousal Support

Illinois spousal support can be divided into three categories:

  • Temporary
  • Short term
  • Long term

An Illinois court will award temporary (or pendent lite) spousal support to allow a recipient spouse to support himself or herself during the pendency of the divorce proceedings. This temporary alimony can last from the beginning of the divorce proceedings (i.e. filing a divorce complaint with the court) until a divorce decree is signed by a judge.

Short-term alimony is awarded to allow the recipient spouse to acquire the necessary education or skills to become an independent wage earner. Permanent alimony, on the other hand, is usually awarded after a lengthy marriage where the recipient's needs and dependencies are long-standing and significant.

A judge could potentially award different types of alimony in the same divorce case.

Illinois Statutory Factors Used to Determine the Amount of Spousal Support

The Illinois divorce statute utilizes several factors to determine the amount of spousal support to award in a particular case, including the following:

  • Financial needs of each spouse
  • Each spouse's financial and non-financial contributions to the marriage (including child care and household services)
  • Ages of both spouses
  • Standard of living established during the marriage
  • Time, training, education, and experience necessary to enable the recipient spouse to become self-supporting
  • Present and future earning capacity

Contact a Wheaton Spousal Support Lawyer Today

The experienced divorce and spousal support attorneys at Nigohosian & Dahlquist, P.C. are ready to assist you with your spousal support issues today. We pursue family law cases aggressively and are effective advocates for our clients both inside and outside the courtroom.

Our lawyers work with residents of Glen Ellyn, Downers Grove, Hinsdale, Lisle, Darien, and Naperville, as well as the surrounding communities. We also assist clients with cases in Kane, Kendall, Will, and Cook Counties. To schedule a consultation with one of our trusted spousal support attorneys, call 630-462-0610 or contact us online.

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