Strong Legal Representation For Your Child Support And Spousal Maintenance Needs
During a divorce, not only are you dealing with the emotional challenge of parting ways with your spouse, but also with the financial transition to post-marital life. When you and your spouse have previously accumulated assets together and shared the responsibility of supporting your children, it can be scary to think about affording these expenses on your own.
If you are going through a divorce and are worried about struggling financially in the aftermath, it is likely that you are entitled to spousal maintenance (alimony). If you have children, you may benefit from your co-parent’s child support payments, or vice versa. At Del Re Law Group, P.C, in Waukegan, we can help you evaluate your cost of living and will ensure that your transition to post-marital life is as smooth and financially secure as possible.
Putting Your Child’s Needs First
When you and your spouse part ways, it is important to ensure that you continue to meet your child’s basic needs such as food, clothing, education and medical needs. Typically, the parent who is not granted custody or allocation will be expected to pay child support to cover these costs. In Illinois, payments usually carry on until your child turns 18, completes high school or gets married.
The amount paid is determined by state law based on you and your co-parent’s net incomes, the number of children and each parent’s parenting time schedule. Even though these guidelines are set by statute, the court has the ability to deviate from them if they see a reason to. Because of this, you need a lawyer who can help you anticipate court deviations. Our team is familiar with the statutory reasons for deviation and is prepared to build a strong argument in your favor.
Making Sure Neither Spouse Is Left Behind
When one spouse’s income is significantly lower than the other’s, he or she may be entitled to spousal maintenance (alimony) to avoid facing a severe financial struggle in starting post-marital life. The amount you may be entitled to in spousal maintenance is also determined by state laws, taking a certain percentage of the paying spouse’s gross income according to the length of your marriage. This statute changed on January 1, 2019, and maintenance awards entered after that date will be calculated on both parties’ net incomes. Our office can address the tax consequences to the parties under both the old and new statute.
The court also has the ability to deviate from these guidelines, as with child support laws. Our lawyers know how to evaluate your circumstances in order to anticipate a court ruling. We will ensure that you are prepared for any outcome, and we will represent your interests aggressively so that you do not suffer any financial strains in your post-marital life.
Tell Us About Your Issue In A Confidential Setting
To discuss your unique needs for spousal maintenance or child support with an experienced attorney, schedule a consultation with us today. To set up an appointment, you can either call our office at 847-625-9800 or complete our online contact sheet.