Divorce is a major legal and life decision that shouldn't be taken lightly, but it may become a necessary move. For Illinois couples trying to determine their next steps, a trial separation may be a first step. After a period of time apart, couples can reassess and determine if they should move forward with a divorce.
NBA legend Allen Iverson has been involved in an ongoing, acrimonious divorce. The couple was married in 2001, and together they have five children. Iverson's wife filed for divorce in 2011, but they had yet to agree on a financial settlement. Their divorce case was set to go to court in just a few days, but they have finally been able to come to a divorce settlement, which has now been presented to a judge for incorporation into the divorce decree.
Illinois has a lot to be grateful for in the area of family law. For example, for almost 20 years now, the state's spousal maintenance law has recognized that both wives and husbands make financial contributions to the marriage. Property division is handled more equitably than it had been in the past, and than it is in other states. And, notably, the judge cannot base a maintenance award on marital misconduct.
The Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers recently surveyed its membership -- attorneys around the country that deal with marriage and divorce -- about gender differences with spousal maintenance and child support. In our last couple of posts, we have been talking about the survey results as well as the conclusions drawn from the results: The survey may show that more women are paying spousal and child support to their ex-husbands now, but that does not necessarily mean that women are the economic equals of men.
We are continuing our discussion of the Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers recent survey as well as the organization's response to the results. The survey asked academy members about spousal maintenance -- it used to be called "alimony" -- and found that family law professionals nationwide had noticed an increase in the number of women paying both spousal support and child support.
The Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers occasionally polls its members about trends in divorce, legal separation, child custody, division of property and other things related to the dissolution of a marriage. The most recent survey asked about spousal maintenance, or alimony. It turns out that attorneys across the country have noticed an uptick in the number of women paying both spousal maintenance and child support.
We often talk about celebrity dads who are behind on their child support or spousal support payments. For many of us, the dollar amounts are mindboggling; how can a famous ex-football player like Warran Sapp owe more than $700,000 in alimony and child support?
Alimony reform is a hot topic these days in many states that have advocate groups pushing for change in alimony laws. While some change may be needed, some feel that these alimony reforms may hurt older, divorced women the most, by making their financial future unstable.
Spousal support, also referred to as spousal maintenance or alimony, can be awarded to one spouse in a divorce in order to help that spouse to maintain the lifestyle that he or she had become accustomed to during the marriage. Many factors are typically taken into account when determining whether spousal support is appropriate and, if so, how much should be paid.