DuPage County divorce attorneyEither through spouses’ own terms or a court order, spousal maintenance is a very real possibility after a divorce. However, sometimes, things happen that can change the need for maintenance, and modifications or termination may be required. The legalities of maintenance can be complex and overwhelming. An experienced attorney can answer any questions or concerns you may have regarding maintenance payments.

What is Spousal Maintenance?

Often referred to as alimony, spousal maintenance is support payments that one spouse provides to the other following a divorce. The spouse ordered to pay will usually be the one who is better off financially, while the recipient may not be well off enough to maintain their standard of living as if they were still married.

The Illinois court determines maintenance eligibility and, if awarded, is legally binding and enforceable by law. In most cases, the duration for maintenance is finite and will end once the court-ordered obligation has been achieved.