In this video, Rockford divorce attorney Kevin O'Flaherty explains spousal maintenance.
Maintenance Awards in Rockford Divorce Cases
In this article, our Rockford divorce attorneys discuss factors courts consider when determining the awarding of maintenance during a divorce case, the amount of the award, and how it will be paid.
Maintenance can be paid in lump sum or continuing payments and on a temporary or permanent basis. Courts attempt to place the parties in a relatively equal position close to the standard of living they enjoyed during the marriage. Some of the most important factors are the length of the marriage, earning capacity of each spouse, and any sacrifices one spouse made during the marriage for the other spouse's career.
Read the full article by our Rockford family law attorneys regarding factors courts consider in determining maintenance.
In the accompanying video, Rockford divorce attorney Kevin O'Flaherty explains collaborative divorce and cooperative divorce as alternatives to traditional divorce.
Collaborative Law Divorce & Cooperative Divorce in Rockford
In this article, our Sangamon County Cooperative Divorce attorneys explain Collaborative Law Divorce and Cooperative Divorce. Both are alternatives to litigating the issues of your divorce in court and with each Collaborative Divorce and Cooperative Divorce, the parties agree to the exchange of information freely out of court and attempt to negotiate in good faith.
The difference between the two is that with Collaborative Divorce, the attorneys for both sides must withdraw if negotiation becomes unsuccessful and litigation becomes necessary. Both Collaborative Law Divorce and Cooperative Divorce are potential options to save your family significant money and stress throughout the divorce process.
Read the full article by our Rockford divorce attorneys on Collaborative Divorce and Cooperative Divorce.
In this video, Rockford divorce attorney Kevin O'Flaherty explains recent changes to Illinois spousal maintenance laws.
Changes to Rockford Divorce Laws
Our Rockford family law and divorce law team wants you to be up-to-date in your knowledge of spousal maintenance law.
In 2016 the Illinois Marriage and Defense of Marriage Act (the "IMDMA") saw several changes. The intent of these changes was to reduce the likelihood of disputes and to bring the language of the Act in line within the modern realities and understanding of marriage, divorce and parenting.
Irreconcilable differences will now be the only grounds for divorce in Rockford. Previously, parties could list irreconcilable differences or one of several specific statutory grounds when filing for a divorce. However, irreconcilable differences used to require a time of living separate and apart than specific grounds (2 years). Now, the time of living separate and apart is 6 months, and can be waived if both parties agree.
A number of other changes were made to the IMDMA. To know what they were, read the entire article by our Rockford divorce and family law attorneys.