Alimony is called “maintenance” in Illinois. Whether a spouse is entitled to maintenance depends on a number of factors, including the ability of the spouse to pay maintenance and still meet his or her own needs, the length of the marriage, the ability of the spouse seeking maintenance to be self-supporting and the marital property awarded to the spouse seeking maintenance. The amount and duration of the maintenance depends on many of the factors listed above, but an additional factor is the standard of living enjoyed by the parties during the marriage.   Beginning January 1, 2015, in cases where the combined family income is less than $250,000.00, maintenance is determined by a formula contained in 750 ILCS 5/504.   Maintenance is tax-deductible to the spouse paying the maintenance and must be declared as income by the maintenance recipient.

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