Shorewood and Plainfield Spousal Support Attorney
Both child support and spousal support are determined by state guidelines, unless a court finds that they should not apply. Our role as top level attorneys is to ensure the court has accurate financial data and to factor financial support into the bigger picture of property division and child custody. We can also intervene when there is reason to deviate from the formula, when circumstances change or when enforcement is necessary.
Our law practice is focused almost solely in Illinois divorce and family law. We represent women and men throughout Will County, and in Grundy and Kendall counties. Bringing a combined over 30 years of experience to the sometimes complex issues of child support and spousal support (“alimony”). Reach out to us for a Free Initial Consultation.
Determining or Enforcing Child Support
Child support is based on the net income of the non-residential parent, after statutory deductions. Our firm can provide a more detailed analysis for your specific situation, taking into consideration all relevant factors, such as:
- Tuition and extracurricular activities
- Health care coverage
- Alimony from a previous marriage
- Support obligations for children from a previous marriage
Sometimes the true income of the non-custodial parent is tricky to calculate. We take nothing at face value. We will subpoena financial records or hire forensic accountants if necessary, such as when the paying parent is self-employed, paid in cash, a high earner or trying to hide income.
Will Spousal Support Apply?
Spousal support (sometimes called alimony or maintenance) is based on statutory factors, but not quite as formulaic as child support. As a rule of thumb, spousal support is most commonly awarded:
- In marriages of 15 years or longer
- When there is a big income disparity (e.g., a high earner and stay-at-home spouse)
- When one spouse has a significant disability
We can analyze the statutory factors to make the best case for — or against — spousal support. Court-ordered support may be rehabilitative (short term while the spouse establishes financial independence) or permanent (until death or remarriage).
Leaving this up to a judge is a dicey proposition. The best scenario is to negotiate the amount and duration of spousal support as part of a structured divorce settlement. This avoids unnecessary litigation, avoids the possibility of an unfavorable ruling, and makes for a useful bargaining chip in dividing the marital estate.
We can also help enforce child support or spousal support. The state of Illinois provides many remedies, including wage garnishment or even jail. There is no reason to suffer an arrearage without bringing the other parent before the court.
I Will Protect Your Interests
To discuss financial obligations with a Joliet child support attorney, call us at 312-313-3022 or contact us online. We always offer a free initial consultation.