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Barrington divorce attorney When going through a high-net-worth divorce, it is common for one spouse to have far greater financial means than the other. Even in a divorce between spouses of more modest means, one spouse may have been the primary bread-winner of the household. Spousal maintenance exists in order to help a divorcee who may be unable to support themselves or maintain their accustomed lifestyle on their own.

How long will the payments last? Illinois has guidelines and formulas that instruct courts on how to determine whether maintenance should be permanent or temporary and how long the payments should continue if they are temporary.

Temporary Maintenance

Spousal maintenance can be indefinite or temporary, depending on your financial situation and the duration of your marriage. Temporary maintenance may be for a fixed number of years or reviewable. With fixed-term maintenance, Illinois uses a scale that calculates the duration of the payments based on how many years the marriage lasted. For instance, if your marriage lasted for less than five years, the duration of the maintenance payments will be 20 percent of the number of years that you were married. After five years of marriage, the percentage will increase for each one-year interval until it reaches 20 years of marriage. You can also agree to receive maintenance in a lump sum after the divorce is completed.

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