In the now-distant past, the need for alimony was almost assumed. Today, courts are more reluctant to order one spouse to make support payments to the other after a divorce. Even as recently as the 1970s, fewer women had the opportunity to build a career, especially if they were mothers. This generally meant that most wives were financially dependent on their husbands.
Now that the times have changed and many households need the income of both spouses to keep running, courts are more likely to determine that each spouse should be financially independent after a divorce. This does not mean alimony is no longer possible. There are a number of situations where spousal support may still be ordered if there is a clear need for it. If you believe that you will need alimony after your divorce, it is important to work with a Will County, IL, divorce attorney