St. Charles, IL divorce lawyerGetting divorced in Illinois is challenging enough. Getting fired during your divorce is an incredible hardship.

Luckily, some courts understand that. If you lose your job during a divorce, contact your divorce attorney. He or she will explain how your job loss may be able to earn you some reprieve in other areas of the divorce process. This article will discuss some of those areas, such as:

  • Spousal support

  • Child support

  • Debt division

However, keep in mind that if you want a court to be sympathetic to your job loss, you will need to explain why it happened.

Why Does the Court Care Why I Got Fired?

The court cares why you lost your job because it wants to know if you could have avoided it. Some spouses going through a divorce want to quit their jobs or get themselves fired so they can avoid having to pay child or spousal support. This strategy does not find sympathy in the eyes of the courts. Someone who genuinely lost a job and could not help it, however — such as a person who was let go in a mass layoff — might receive some compassion from a court.