Beware: Big Changes To The Illinois Spousal Maintenance Law In 2019

First, is Spousal Maintenance Appropriate?

Spousal Maintenance Duration and Amount

Guideline Maintenance vs. Non-Guideline Maintenance

Marriages — Duration Percentages for Spousal Maintenance

  • Less than 5 years (.20) or 20%
  • 5 years or more but less than 6 years (0.24) or 24%
  • 6 years or more but less than 7 years (0.28) or 28%
  • 7years or more but less than 8 years (0.32) or 32%
  • 8 years or more but less than 9 years (0.36) or 36%
  • 9 years or more but less than 10 years (0.40) or 40%
  • 10years or more but less than 11 years (0.44) or 44%
  • 11 years or more but less than 12 years (0.48) or 48%
  • 12 years or more but less than 13 years (0.52) or 52%
  • 13 years or more but less than 14 years (0.56) or 56%
  • 14 years or more but less than 15 years (0.60) or 60%
  • 15 years or more but less than 16 years (0.64) or 64%
  • 16 years or more but less than 17 years (0.68) or 68%
  • 17 years or more but less than 18 years (0.72) or 72%
  • 17 years or more but less than 18 years (0.76) or 76%
  • 17 years or more but less than 18 years (0.80) or 80%
  • 20 or more years: The court, in its discretion, shall order maintenance for a period equal to the length of the marriage (100%) or for an indefinite term.

Maintenance Safeguards

Modifications to Maintenance Orders Entered Prior to January 1, 2019

Biggest Takeaway from the Illinois 2019 Maintenance Law

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