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.
Under the new law, the maintenance guidelines are to be considered so long as the parties’ combined gross income is less than $250,000 per year. What happens in cases where the parties’ incomes exceed those amounts?
In those cases, the judge will exercise substantial discretion both in deciding whether a maintenance award is appropriate, but also in determining how much should be paid and for how long. The individual facts of a high income case like this will be considered by the Judge and the Judge will have the latitude to enter an order he feels is appropriate.
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