Tough Illinois Alimony Attorney Fights for Your Best Interests
Rockford family law attorney advocates strongly for your support rights in a divorce
No divorce is simple, and financial considerations can turn even the most amicable split into one that quickly becomes contentious. One of those financial considerations may involve alimony, also known as spousal support, which one spouse must pay to the other as directed by Illinois courts. At Bugden Law Offices, in Rockford, I am a family law attorney with extensive experience representing people throughout Illinois in divorce cases involving spousal support. I know the law regarding alimony and I have the determination to fight for your best interests.
Alimony is one of the most frequently fought-over issues in divorce, and while courts and lawyers strive to split marital assets equitably, “equitable” does not necessarily mean “equal.” At Bugden Law Offices, I work tirelessly to reach a fair agreement between you and your ex-spouse that protects your rights.
Assertive attorney experienced in negotiating and litigating alimony agreements
When determining whether or not alimony should be granted, how much should be awarded and for how long it should continue, Illinois judges take certain factors into consideration, including:
- The length of the couple’s marriage
- Their standard of living during the marriage
- The relative income of each individual
- The needs of each spouse
Retaining a tenacious alimony attorney can help you convince the court that you need support, increasing the chance that alimony will be awarded. Alternatively, I can also work to convince the judge that your ex-spouse does not need spousal support or needs less than he or she asked for.
In Illinois, there are four types of alimony agreements:
- Temporary alimony. This type of alimony provides support during the divorce action, which may include attorney fees and relevant litigation costs.
- Rehabilitative alimony. This form of support helps a dependent spouse become self-reliant and may end when an ex-spouse has found a job or has completed his or her education.
- Reimbursement alimony. This type of alimony is awarded to the spouse who worked to support the family while the other spouse pursued professional training or career development. It may end or the amount paid may decrease once the spouse has been compensated.
- Permanent alimony. Permanent alimony is given to a spouse who is seriously ill or who has demonstrated economic need. This agreement can be modified due to changing financial needs or other circumstances.
I work with you to determine what kind of alimony is the best for your unique situation.
Fighting for your peace of mind
At Bugden Law Offices, I represent clients who are seeking alimony as well as those who must pay it. My clients are often concerned about whether they are required to pay alimony if their circumstances change. Others come to me if they are not receiving the alimony payments specified by the agreement. I will present compelling evidence to the court that shows why the amount you pay should be decreased or request that the court properly enforce the alimony agreement.