Spousal Support Sets Your Financial Foundation For The Future

Having an experienced family law attorney is important when it comes to spousal support. Spousal support (also known as spousal maintenance/alimony) is not a right but is part of the divorce process. Like child support, it is based on a number of factors and can be enforced and modified. There is a specific formula for calculating spousal support that Gabrielle Davis can assist you with.

At the Oak Park, Illinois, Law Office of Gabrielle S. Davis, P.C., I help both men and women work through all matters associated with divorce, including spousal support/alimony. As an experienced spousal support lawyer, I can help make sure your interests are protected when it comes to spousal support as well as child support agreements.

Factors That Impact Spousal Support

For couples who have been together for many years, a spouse who is financially dependent on the other spouse may have a right to receive support. Other factors determining spousal support include:

  • Length of marriage
  • Discrepancies in income
  • Standard of living established during the marriage
  • Age/physical conditions of either party
  • Emotional condition of either party
  • Contributions toward education, training or career of either party

In many Illinois divorces, spousal support is calculated by taking 30 percent of the higher wage earner's salary and subtracting 20 percent of the lower wage earner's salary. The difference is the amount of support that the higher wage earner will pay. However, there are many situations in which this formula is modified due to unique factors in the marriage. It is important to work with a lawyer who is aware of these factors and who will protect your interests.

There are also different types of spousal support/alimony, depending on the situation. Permanent alimony is not as common but is generally reserved for those couples who have been married for a long time. Alimony can also be rehabilitative, pending on one spouse going to school or obtaining a degree. The agreement can be reviewed by the court.

Enforcement And Modifications

I also assist my clients with spousal support enforcements, if a former spouse fails to meet their obligations. Legal remedies for enforcement include garnishment of wages, levies on bank accounts and judgments.

Situations do change and that is why most spousal support agreements are modifiable. If your life circumstances change in such a way that you require a spousal support modification such as change in income or employment, I can help you petition the court to modify your alimony agreement.

The Experience You Want In Your Corner

As an experienced spousal support lawyer with more than 20 years of experience, I provide results-focused representation with personalized client service. Call 708-358-0901 or use my online contact form to schedule a free initial consultation about your spousal maintenance/alimony issues.