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Understanding Spousal Maintenance, Temporary Support And Post-Divorce Alimony

Spousal maintenance, often called alimony, is a payment from one spouse to another to equalize incomes and living standards during divorce or after. The knowledgeable lawyers of Schwulst & Roseberry, P.C., can determine if spousal maintenance might apply in your divorce and advocate for your best interests.

Our law firm serves men and women in the Bloomington-Normal area and surrounding counties of central Illinois. We can represent you in all facets of divorce, including negotiation or litigation of spousal maintenance. Contact us today for a free first half-hour of initial consultation.

There Are No Statutory Guidelines For Spousal Maintenance

Our attorneys have more than 50 years of combined experience in divorce and family law. Our familiarity with the local courts is a key advantage to clients because there are no statutory guidelines – spousal maintenance awards can vary from judge to judge.

Our job is to give the court an accurate picture of the parties’ finances and other factors. The judge considers income disparity, sources of income, education and employability, age, health, the standard of living during the marriage, and sacrifices such as putting the other party through college or staying home to raise children.

The court may award temporary maintenance while the divorce is pending to ensure that a disadvantaged spouse can make ends meet and afford legal representation. Spousal maintenance after divorce is typically rehabilitative – a few years of support to go back to school or establish financial independence. However, in longer term marriages, the court may award permanent maintenance (alimony), which will continue until remarriage or death.

We Look Out For Your Financial Security After Divorce

Whether you are seeking or challenging an award of spousal maintenance or need to modify your maintenance, we endeavor to help you reach your goal. In appropriate cases, the issue can be negotiated out of court as part of the overall divorce settlement, rather than taking your chances with a trial before a judge.

For the first half-hour of consultation, our services are free. Call our office in Bloomington to speak with our spousal support attorneys at 309-751-4101 or email us today, and we will respond promptly.