Spousal support (maintenance or alimony) can be one of the most hotly contested matters in a divorce, depending on the couple’s approach. Spousal support consists of two components that can be debated by a divorcing couple: the amount paid/received on a monthly basis, and how long the spousal support will be paid. Also, will it be reviewable? Can it be modified? Unlike child support, which has guidelines set forth by the statute, maintenance (or spousal support) is paid after consideration of several relevant factors.
Attorney Ronald L. Hendrix has been an attorney since 1985 and offers clients the experience and knowledge that are vital to either the receiver of spousal support or the party who will be making the financial commitment to pay the spousal support. Attorney Hendrix earned a Master of Arts degree in guidance and counseling, with emphasis on marriage and marital relationships, and when this background is coupled with refined negotiation skills, he is able to give important guidance necessary for an agreement on spousal support that meets the best interests of his clients.
We offer clients skilled counsel in mediation, the collaborative law approach and contested divorce (litigation). If negotiations fail, we are prepared to take whatever step necessary to represent your interests in your divorce. To set up a free initial consultation with a Naperville spousal support lawyer, call the Law Office of Ronald L. Hendrix, P.C., or contact us online.
DuPage County Family Divorce And Alimony Lawyer
Maintenance or spousal support (alimony) is not an entitlement. It is awarded or decided after consideration of several different factors. Because there are no set guidelines (percentages) in the statute, as there are for child support, it is important to understand the relevant factors that are considered.
Spousal maintenance is decided on several relevant factors, including but not limited to the following:
- The income and property of each party, including marital property apportioned and non-marital property assigned to the party seeking maintenance
- The needs of each party
- The present and future earning capacity of each party
- The standard of living established during the marriage
- The duration of the marriage
- The age and the physical and emotional condition of both parties
Spousal maintenance may be temporary or permanent. DuPage County family divorce attorney Ronald L. Hendrix represents both clients seeking maintenance and clients who will be responsible for the payment of maintenance.