Maintenance or alimony is support paid directly to a former spouse that allows that spouse to maintain some semblance of his or her married lifestyle. Illinois now has statutory guidelines that affect maintenance is some cases, but the reality is that whether maintenance is awarded or not depends on convincing the court that the facts of the case make it necessary. Beyond potential disputes as to the amount of maintenance that is appropriate, issues also arise as to how long a party should have to pay maintenance and what facts or factors would justify either modifying a prior maintenance order or altogether terminating maintenance.
As most case involve at least some maintenance issues, Marios N. Karayannis is the type of attorney you should contact. He has handled many cases involving maintenance issues for both people seeking maintenance and those seeking to avoid paying it to their soon-to-be former spouse. Our attorney is very familiar with current case law, is very familiar with what different courts and judges believe is appropriate is certain circumstances and can draw on this experience to give you sound advice as to what you can expect to happen in your case on this important issue.
The factors the court will consider in terms of the amount and duration of the maintenance include the length of the marriage, the respective incomes of the parties, the lifestyle the parties enjoyed while married and various other matters. How the factors apply to your case can be complex, but the court’s decision will often alter your lifestyle if you do not achieve a fair result. Because of this, there is no substitute for having an experience family law attorney on your side to ensure that you will have your case handled properly.