The Duty To Seek Employment After An Illinois Divorce

By Russell Knight | June 5, 2021
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Seek employment after divorce

After a maintenance award is made in an Illinois divorce, there will be some language that will specify the amount and duration of maintenance The amount and duration of maintenance is “designed to allow the recipient spouse to maintain the…

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Do I Have To Support My Immigrant Spouse In An Illinois Divorce?

By Russell Knight | June 3, 2021
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Foreign Spouse Support

Marriage to an American citizen is the most common path to U.S. residency for foreign nationals, with more than 2.3 million foreign nationals gaining lawful permanent resident status via marriage between 1998 and 2007. What obligations does an American citizen…

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Retirement And Maintenance In An Illinois Divorce

By Russell Knight | May 9, 2021
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Alimony and Retirement In An Illinois Divorce

Maintenance, formerly known as “alimony” in Illinois, is a way to further insure an equitable division of finances between two spouses who have unequal incomes. One spouse has relied on the other spouse for regular financial support, the Illinois legislature…

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What is Non-Modifiable Maintenance In An Illinois Divorce?

By Russell Knight | December 8, 2020
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Non-modifiable alimony in Illinois

Maintenance (formerly known as alimony) is the manner in which Illinois divorce courts assure both parties to a divorce that they will be able to maintain their lifestyles post-divorce until they are able to “get back on their feet.” Illinois…

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Maintenance Modifications And Taxes After An Illinois Divorce

By Russell Knight | December 5, 2020
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Taxes and Alimony in Illinois

Before 2019, maintenance (formerly known as alimony) worked much differently in Illinois. Over time, laws change and people’s circumstances change. Maintenance almost always gets modified in the future due to an economic setback for the payor, an economic boost for…

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Interest and Dividend Income In An Illinois Divorce

By Russell Knight | November 14, 2020
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Assets and Income Illinois Divorce

“If you don’t find a way to make money while you sleep, you will work until you die.” – Warren Buffett.  Lots of people have followed Warren Buffet’s advice by saving and investing so their money can earn them an independent income one day. These investments generate…

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Can Maintenance Be Modified Upwards After An Illinois Divorce?

By Russell Knight | September 26, 2020
Alimony upwards Illinois

In Illinois, a divorce court can award one party a monthly payment of maintenance from the other party based upon a showing of need and an ability to pay.  This amount of maintenance (formerly known as alimony) is then set…

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Second Jobs, Overtime And Divorce In Illinois

By Russell Knight | July 5, 2020
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Overtime and 2nd Jobs In An Illinois Divorce

Divorce is financially stressful.  Two incomes used to support one household before the divorce.  After the divorce, one income often supports two households. On top of those household expenses are the divorce attorneys’ fees.  Often the only way to pay…

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Terminating Maintenance After An Illinois Divorce

By Russell Knight | June 10, 2020
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Enough Alimony in Illinois

Maintenance (formerly known as alimony) is a funny thing in Illinois.  If you aren’t awarded maintenance at the finalization of your Illinois divorce, you can never ask for it in the future.  But, if you are receiving maintenance, sooner or…

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Enforcing Alimony In Illinois

By Russell Knight | May 22, 2020
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Recourse for non-payment of alimony in Illinois

At the end of your divorce you’ll receive a final document that says your spouse must pay you X dollars in maintenance (formerly knowns as alimony) every month.  That final divorce decree will be emblazoned with an Illinois divorce judge’s…

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