Illinois law provides general guidelines for alimony calculations in divorce cases, and below, you can find information about calculating expected alimony payments. There were significant changes to state alimony laws in 2019, and the law can change at any time. There can also be outlier cases, so it is best to consult with an Illinois alimony attorney about your specific situation.
Please remember these are estimates only, and the amounts shown are based on your inputs alone and do not include the financial impact of dividing assets or debts. This calculator is intended only to give a general idea of spousal maintenance calculations.
In Illinois divorce cases, the amount of alimony is generally calculated as follows:
The result is the yearly alimony to be paid, as long as it does not cause the recipient to bring in over 40 percent of the combined net income of the two.
The duration of alimony also needs to be calculated, and this is mostly based on the duration of the marriage. For example, for marriages lasting less than five years, the alimony should last for 20 percent of the duration of the marriage. The percentages continue:
While these are the basic formulas for the length and duration of alimony, there are cases in which the calculations can vary. Some exceptions may apply if the payer is already subject to child support orders or the spouses’ combined income exceeds $500,000.
Not every divorce results in an alimony order, as some divorces involve two spouses with similar abilities to support themselves financially following the divorce. If one spouse needs some assistance to become financially independent, however, that spouse might request and be awarded alimony.
Courts review different factors when deciding whether to award alimony, including;
If you are facing a possible alimony determination as either the possible payer or recipient, you want the right law firm protecting your interests and rights under the law. Seek help from SAM LAW OFFICE, LLC by contacting us directly today.
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