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How Is Maintenance Calculated In Illinois?

By Russell Knight | May 26, 2022
Calculating Alimony In Illinois

In Illinois, maintenance (formerly known as alimony) is always one of three different numbers: Zero. Because maintenance is not warranted in this divorce case. 33% of the payor’s net income minus 25% of the payee’s net income (with payor’s income…

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How To Avoid Paying Maintenance In Illinois

By Russell Knight | May 14, 2022
Avoiding Alimony In An Illinois Divorce

The prospect of divorce is frightening. Splitting assets and seeing your children half the time (or less) are harrowing possibilities but the continuing obligation of maintenance (formerly known as alimony) seems the most daunting. Before the divorce, you were supporting…

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Garnishing Social Security In An Illinois Divorce

By Russell Knight | May 7, 2022
Social Security Garnishment

When people get older, they ponder their life decisions. Often, they say, “Why did I let him get away with NOT paying child support or maintenance all those years.” The man who failed to pay (it is almost always a…

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Admitting Bank Statement And Tax Returns Into Evidence In An Illinois Divorce

By Russell Knight | May 5, 2022
Bank statements in divorce

In an Illinois divorce, the parties’ incomes must be verified. To ensure that a spouse is being paid what they claim they are being paid, ask to see what money they are actually collecting and what money they tell the…

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Going Back To School After An Illinois Divorce

By Russell Knight | May 1, 2022
Returning to college after a divorce in Illinois

A divorce is a big change. It is not uncommon for a divorced party to treat that change as an opportunity for self-improvement. If a soon-to-be-divorced person is foreseeing a lifestyle that goes from two incomes to one income, they…

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What Is A Wife Entitled To In An Illinois Divorce?

By Russell Knight | April 19, 2022
What is a spouse entitled to in an Illinois divorce?

In the panic of considering a divorce in Illinois, both parties will be quick to consider the “worst case scenario” and research what they are each entitled to. Inevitably, the parties to a potential divorce specifically want to know what…

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Imputing Income In An Illinois Divorce

By Russell Knight | April 17, 2022
Determining what someone should make in an Illinois divorce

There are three quantifiable inputs in an Illinois divorce: 1) Time the children currently spend with each parent, 2) Marital assets and debts of the couple and 3) The income of each party. Everything else that determines the results in…

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Inflation And Divorce In Illinois

By Russell Knight | April 2, 2022
Inflation and divorce in Illinois

When I was a child in the early 80s, I remember adults discussing inflation and its effects. Then, the issue of inflation disappeared for 40 years. Now, inflation is back and it is impacting all of our assets, incomes and…

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Non-Guidelines Maintenance In An Illinois Divorce

By Russell Knight | March 19, 2022
Non-guidelines alimony in Illinois

In an Illinois divorce, there is a presumption that a supporting spouse or a spouse who made significantly more than the other spouse will have to pay the other spouse maintenance (formerly known as alimony). The amount of that maintenance…

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Social Security Disability Insurance and Divorce In Illinois

By Russell Knight | March 16, 2022
SSDI and divorce in Illinois

In America, almost everyone is expected to work. A person who doesn’t work will have find that their lack of employment has massive implications if they get divorced.  The Illinois family law courts recognize that there is a big difference…

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