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DuPage County divorce lawyersChild support and alimony are often awarded to one of the spouses in a divorce, but not in every case. How do you determine if you may be eligible for these types of post-divorce support, and what can you do to ensure you receive the most amount possible? The following explains. 

Alimony Considerations in an Illinois Divorce 

Before a judge will award you alimony, you must be determined eligible, which generally requires that you be “disadvantaged” in some way. Examples of situations that may deem you “disadvantaged” in a divorce include:

  • A physical, mental, or emotional condition that prevents you from working;
  • A lack of education, skills, or recent work experience you need to obtain gainful employment;
  • Serving as a caregiver during your marriage (either to your children or your spouse); or
  • Supporting your spouse while they further their career or education (especially if it impacted you financially). 

If you are deemed eligible, a formula will be applied to your situation to determine your alimony entitlement and time-frame. The longer you were married, and the greater your spouse’s income, the greater your entitlement is likely to be in an Illinois divorce. 

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child support calculations, DuPage County child support lawyer, income sharing model, child support order, child support modificationThe way in which child support is calculated in Illinois is about to undergo a massive evolution this July 2017. For the first time in Illinois, the state is moving towards an “income sharing” model—a model that is used by various other states.

Under current Illinois law, the method of calculating child support is to use a fixed percentage of a nonresidential parent's net income. For example, if there is one child in a household, the court would calculate 20 percent of his or her parent's net income to determine what he or she is obligated to pay for child support.

How Are the Calculations Different?

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