Recent amendments to the maintenance (alimony) statute has changed the manner in which maintenance is calculated in Illinois. In 2015, the legislature enacted guidelines for the Courts to follow for maintenance if the family has a gross income of $250,000 or less. For wealthier families, the guidelines do not apply. Even with these changes, however, maintenance calculations can still be complicated especially if one party owns a business or uses trust funds.
Seeking the advice of an attorney to determine if your maintenance calculation is correct is in your best interest. While the spousal support guidelines were enacted to provide consistency and dependability, the guidelines are discretionary and deviations from the guidelines are sometimes necessary. The members of the Carder Law Firm will explore your options with you in order to secure your financial future.