Spousal Maintenance & Alimony Lawyers
Going through a divorce can have devastating impacts on your financial security. Learning to live on one income or having to re-establish yourself in your career after investing time in raising a family can prove daunting. At the Delaney Heckman, we understand the challenges you are likely to face, and can advise you on your rights concerning spousal support, maintenance and/or alimony. As professional Chicago divorce and maintenance attorneys, we have been representing clients in our area and the surrounding northwestern suburbs for more than 45 years. Our trial attorneys represent your interests in court proceedings, helping you get the spousal maintenance and alimony you may be entitled to under the law.
We Defend Your Rights to Spousal Support and Maintenance In Illinois
Going through a divorce can create upheavals in every area of your life. In addition to the emotional fallout from the break up of your marriage, there are practical financial matters to consider. At the Delaney Heckman, our Chicago maintenance attorneys use their knowledge of the law and their extensive experience in divorce proceedings to defend your rights to spousal maintenance and alimony under Illinois law.
Illinois law (750 ILCS 5/504) provides that when determining whether an award of maintenance is appropriate, the court will consider certain relevant factors surrounding your situation. These include:
- The length of the marriage and the standard of living the couple enjoyed;
- The income and earning potential of each of the spouses;
- The total amount of individual and marital assets the couple has;
- Whether one of the spouses sacrificed their own career or education for the sake of the other or to raise children of the marriage.
Protecting Your Interests as You Recover from Your Divorce
Spousal maintenance and alimony can help you get the education or training to re-establish yourself in your career and to adjust to single life after your divorce. However, in addition to determining the amount of support and the length of time it is needed, there are other important factors to consider.
Under Internal Revenue Service (IRS) guidelines, maintenance is considered as a form of income, although the treatment of maintenance is set to change on December 31, 2018 for orders executed after this date. Our Chicago spousal maintenance attorneys will work with you to determine any potential tax implications you could face, and can help strategize the best course of action in your particular case.
Let Our Chicago Maintenance Attorneys Assist You
Our experienced Chicago maintenance and alimony attorneys provide the aggressive legal representation and caring client service you need to protect your rights in your divorce case. Call or contact the Delaney Heckman online today to request a consultation to discuss your situation and how we can assist you.