Resolve Disputes Over Alimony In Divorce

Spousal maintenance can be a difficult issue to resolve by negotiation. Many alimony issues are eventually decided by a judge, even when all other divorce issues have been resolved by agreement.

Are you deadlocked with your spouse over alimony? Do you suspect that a spouse's hidden assets should be investigated? Debra Braselton represents clients in DuPage County and Chicago suburbs involved in all aspects of divorce, including spousal maintenance/alimony issues.

At The Law Firm of Debra J. Braselton, P.C., we practice family law exclusively and with excellence. Debra Braselton uses her years of experience and legal skills to handle your uncontested divorce or your divorce litigation over complex asset division and executive compensation.

Debra Braselton is a collaborative divorce and divorce litigation lawyer who has handled many contested spousal maintenance cases in Illinois. She has mediated and negotiated alternatives to spousal maintenance in cases where assets were available to "buy out" an alimony obligation with a lump sum payment. Contact our law firm today to arrange your initial consultation.

Changes To Spousal Support Laws

Illinois lawmakers approved legislation that changed how spousal maintenance is determined beginning in 2015. Under the new guidelines, a maintenance award should equal 30 percent of the payor's gross income, minus 20 percent of the payee's gross income. However, the amount should not exceed more than 40 percent of the couple's total income. These guidelines apply to couples whose combined gross income is less than $250,000.

Understanding The Different Types Of Spousal Maintenance

The three primary types of spousal maintenance in Illinois are:

Reviewable maintenance – Payments for a fixed period of time and reviewed after the fixed time period.
Rehabilitative maintenance — Payments to a spouse who needs to return to college or receive vocational training to become fully self-supporting
Permanent maintenance — Payments to a spouse to help pay for living expenses and other reasonable needs, which he or she can afford without assistance

An award of permanent maintenance used to depend on a judge's assessment of factors such as length of the marriage, differences in income and assets of the parties, as well as their conditions and their ages and health. Now there are guidelines in place for judges to follow.

Do you have questions about spousal maintenance in Illinois? Contact DuPage County alimony attorney Debra Braselton, toll free: 800-569-5371. Please see our Initial Consultation page for further information. All contacts with our firm are kept strictly confidential.