Pursuing A Fair Determination Of Alimony Obligations

Dividing one household into two can place significant financial strain on one or both parties to a divorce. In Illinois, alimony (sometimes called spousal maintenance) is designed to ensure that both spouses have the financial resources necessary to maintain the lifestyle they enjoyed during the marriage, even after the marriage is over.

Whether you are requesting alimony — or opposing an award of alimony — it is important to have an aggressive, knowledgeable lawyer to protect your rights and make a compelling argument to the court. At Reilly Law P.C., we will thoroughly review the facts of your case and collaborate with forensic accountants when necessary. We will help you understand your options, provide you with honest counsel regarding the strengths and weaknesses of your alimony case, and we will take the necessary steps to protect your best interests.

To speak with an experienced Edwardsville spousal maintenance attorney, please call 618-692-0600 or contact us by email.

We serve clients in Metro East and throughout southern Illinois.

Determining Alimony Payments

Unlike child support, no party has a legal right to alimony, and an award of alimony is not determined by a pre-set formula. The decision to award alimony — as well as the amount and duration of the award — is completely within the discretion of the court, although the law requires the court to consider numerous factors in rendering its decision.

Types of Alimony
Based on the facts of the case, a judge may award:

  • Temporary alimony: while the divorce is pending

  • Rehabilitative alimony: while the dependent spouse obtains education or training needed for employment

  • Permanent alimony: until retirement or remarriage


Factors Considered When Awarding Alimony
Courts will consider many factors in awarding alimony, including (but not limited to):

  • The standard of living during the marriage

  • The length of the marriage 

  • The financial needs and resources of each spouse

  • The current and future earning capacity of each spouse

Contact Our Alimony Attorneys

At Reilly Law P.C., we will provide you with the sound legal advice you need to minimize arguments and find the best possible resolution to your alimony dispute. Please call 618-692-0600 or contact us by email to schedule a consultation.

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