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Critique of Illinois’ New Spousal Support Guidelines

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New spousal support guidelines are coming to Illinois January 1, 2015.  This blog post overviews the potential pros and cons of this new legislation.

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The current law essentially awards spousal support, or maintenance as its also referred to, at the judge’s discretion after consideration of numerous factors. This has led maintenance awards to vary widely from case to case and the inconsistency made it difficult for family law attorneys to give clients a concrete answer to the question: “how much spousal support will I pay or receive and for how long?” Therefore, rather than settling their cases, many parties instead would choose to “gamble” and go to trial hoping to receive a better maintenance determination from the judge than they could negotiate out of court. read more

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