In Illinois, Resolving Alimony Issues Can Be Difficult
Spousal maintenance, formerly called alimony, can be one of the more difficult issues to resolve by negotiation. While most people accept that they will lose roughly half their assets in divorce, and that they will pay child support according to the statutory guidelines, few willingly volunteer to write monthly checks to their ex-spouse. As a result, many spousal maintenance issues end up being decided by a judge, even when all the other issues have been resolved by agreement.
In 2016, Illinois maintenance law was completely rewritten. It is essential to have qualified representation such as that provided by Susan Butler, Kelly Giraudo and Tamara Meister to assist you in obtaining or defending a maintenance case. Maintenance (alimony) is taxable to the person receiving it and is tax deductible to the person paying it.
We are a family law firm serving clients in Peoria and Tazewell counties in Central Illinois. We have handled numerous contested spousal maintenance cases in Illinois. We also have experience negotiating alternatives to spousal maintenance, such as providing an unequal division of marital property to one spouse in lieu of maintenance.