Understanding the factors that play into your alimony requirement

As your divorce moves through the court process in Illinois, one requirement you may be given is that you provide alimony for your former spouse. While you may have softly anticipated this, hearing that you are still responsible for sustaining your ex’s lifestyle may be a bit unnerving. At Butler, Giraudo & Meister, P.C., we are committed to helping people manage their divorce with confidence and efficiency. 

The process whereby it is determined how much alimony you will pay and for how long, takes into consideration several factors. According to LiveAbout, some of these considerations include the following:

  • How old your ex is, as well as his or her mental state and ability to maintain stable employment. 
  • How long your marriage lasted before your divorce happened. 
  • If your ex is maintaining a majority of the custody of your children and will need to manage parenting and childcare in addition to his or her job. 
  • Whether or not your ex was the designated homemaker throughout your marriage and thus spent considerable time out of the workforce. 

Fortunately, alimony may not always be something you are required to pay. You can certainly request a modification down the road if you are aware that your ex has received a better job and is making more money, he or she has remarried or children have moved out of the home. You can also request a modification if you have lost your job or are simply unable to maintain the payment required by the courts. 

When you are aware of how aspects of your marriage may affect your requirement to pay alimony, you may be able to prepare effectively for what you are requested to pay. For more information about spousal support, visit our web page. 

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