When a family faces a divorce, the main concern is the welfare of the children. This involves a lot more than child support; it requires both parents to set aside their differences and not to assign blame. Still, child support is an important topic not only for divorcing spouses but also for unmarried couples who have children.
Last week in "Illinois Adopts New Spousal Maintenance Guidelines: What Has Changed?" we discussed the new guidelines that Illinois judges must consider in determining spousal maintenance awards. Most cases will be subject to the new guidelines. However, certain high income and high asset divorces will not be subject to the new guidelines.
Governor Quinn recently signed an amendment to Illinois’ divorce and family law statute into law. For the first time, judges will have guidelines to consider before awarding spousal maintenance, or alimony, to a party in divorce. The change will be significant. Until now, judges have had tremendous discretion to award any amount of maintenance for any amount of time. Most judges will now rely on guidelines for determining maintenance.