Law Offices of Robert M. Kaplan, P.C.
While alimony is not an issue in every divorce, it comes up more frequently than some people think. People are often surprised when alimony becomes an issue and by how alimony works. At the Law Offices of Robert M. Kaplan, P.C., in Schaumburg, Illinois, we are committed to seeing that alimony is handled fairly in your case. We also take great care in addressing alimony as it relates to property division, because the two issues are almost always intertwined.
WHO GETS ALIMONY?
Alimony, also referred to as spousal support or maintenance, is a tool that is used to ensure that both spouses leave the marriage on equal footing. In some cases, both spouses have careers and are making similar salaries. Alimony tends to be unnecessary in these situations.
In other cases, one spouse has served as the breadwinner, building his or her career and making an income to support the family, while the other spouse has stayed at home to raise the family. The spouse who has not worked will have a tough time after the divorce, because he or she will need to join the workforce. Without a solid work history, and potentially without a college education, this can be challenging, especially in today's job market. Alimony is designed to assist this spouse as he or she begins post-divorce life. Your lawyer should make certain it is fair.
MODIFICATION OF ALIMONY PAYMENTS
In certain situations, alimony payments can be changed. This is often necessary if one spouse, particularly the spouse receiving alimony, gets remarried. It also may be necessary in cases of new jobs or loss of jobs. It is important that, at the time of your divorce, the correct language be included in your marital settlement agreement to provide for such a situation. At the time of your divorce, we will see that the necessary language is included, and if a change needs to be made later, we can help you make it.