Child 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.