Alimony & Maintenance Lawyer in Illinois


Introduction to Alimony & Maintenance

Divorce can be a challenging time, especially when considering the financial implications. Whether you're concerned about spousal support or navigating the legalities of divorce, it's essential to have the right support and guidance.

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Our Approach to Alimony & Maintenance

At The Law Firm of Erin N Birt PC (Birt Family Law), we understand the complexities of divorce, particularly when it comes to financial matters such as spousal support. Our approach is centered on providing honest answers, advocating for your rights, and finding fair solutions for all parties involved. Our primary services involve either Mediation or Restorative Divorce Services.

Services Offered for Alimony & Maintenance


Mediation offers a collaborative approach to divorce proceedings, allowing both parties to reach agreements outside of court.

Through mediation, we facilitate constructive communication and negotiation, striving for mutually beneficial outcomes.

Restorative Divorce

Restorative divorce focuses on healing and minimizing conflict throughout the divorce process.

We prioritize the well-being of all individuals involved, aiming for resolutions that promote emotional and financial stability.

FAQ's about Alimony & Maintenance

What is spousal support, and when is it necessary?

Spousal support, also known as spousal maintenance or alimony, refers to court-ordered payments from one spouse to another during or after divorce. It becomes necessary when there is a financial disparity between spouses, often due to factors such as one spouse earning significantly more than the other or one spouse being financially dependent on the other.

How are spousal support payments determined in DuPage County?

In DuPage County, spousal support payments, referred to as maintenance, can be determined either by agreement between spouses or by court order if no agreement is reached. The amount and duration of maintenance are typically calculated based on factors such as the duration of the marriage, the incomes of both spouses, their respective assets, and the standard of living during the marriage.

What factors influence the amount and duration of spousal support?

Several factors influence the amount and duration of spousal support, including the length of the marriage, the incomes and assets of both spouses, the standard of living during the marriage, the age and health of each spouse, and the ability of the financially-dependent spouse to become self-sufficient.

How can spousal support be terminated?

Spousal support can be terminated by agreement between spouses, by court order, or by certain events such as the remarriage or cohabitation of the supported spouse, or the death of either spouse. Additionally, a significant change in circumstances may warrant the termination or modification of spousal support payments.

What defenses are available to contest spousal support claims?

Spousal support claims can be contested on various grounds, including adultery, cohabitation with a significant other, or the inability to pay. Contesting spousal support typically involves presenting evidence and arguments to the court to challenge the necessity or amount of the support payments.

How is maintenance enforcement handled in Illinois?

Once a maintenance order is issued by the court, it is enforceable, and failure to comply with the order can result in contempt of court and penalties for the non-compliant spouse. Maintenance payments can be arranged to be made directly between spouses or through mechanisms such as wage garnishment. In cases of non-payment, the supported spouse can file a show-cause action with the court to seek enforcement.

Fee Packages Offered for Alimony and Maintenance Services

Flat Fees

For straightforward cases, we offer flat fees to provide clarity and transparency regarding legal costs. Flat fees ensure predictability in financial planning throughout the divorce process.

Hourly for Higher Touch Cases

In more complex cases requiring extensive legal support and representation, we offer hourly billing. Hourly billing allows for personalized attention to detail and comprehensive legal strategies tailored to your specific needs.

Getting Started with Mediation or Restorative Divorce Services

If you're considering divorce and grappling with the financial aspects, we're here to help. Whether you're concerned about spousal support or need guidance on navigating divorce proceedings, our team is ready to assist you. Contact us today to schedule a free 15-minute introductory telephone call or consultation and planning session with our experienced family law mediator & lawyer at (630) 891-2478 or online.

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Recent Case Results

  • In a challenging divorce, Attorney Erin Birt resolved parenting conflicts for the best interests of a teen daughter. Mother Sarah was concerned about father John's disinterest, while John felt Sarah was controlling. Erin, serving as GAL (Guardian ad Litem), utilized mediation skills and investigation protocols to prioritize the teen's well-being, prevent litigation, and repair co-parenting harmony. Read On

  • Successfully resolved custody dispute for a child with a first responder father and full time working mother, prioritizing child's well-being and fostering co-parenting harmony. Read On

  • In the face of financial turmoil due to her husband's gambling addiction, a young mother sought to relocate with her children for family support. With strategic negotiation, a divorce attorney secured their move while preserving father-child bonds, all while keeping costs low and achieving client satisfaction. Read On

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Family Centered Divorce ∙ Mediation ∙ Co-Parenting

Birt Family Law is the family centered law and mediation practice with a focus on Restorative Divorce; offering creative and supportive legal and mediation solutions with one goal: keeping the separating family out of court and working together towards a positive resolution.

We offer multiple options to achieve this goal including mediation, coaching, co-parenting strategies, and Restorative Divorce services. 

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Birt Family Law is committed to keeping the separating family out of court and working together towards a positive resolution.