After a divorce in Illinois, maintenance can be awarded to one spouse in order to help financially support said spouse during the transition into the single lifestyle. The maintenance order must be followed by the paying spouse, or legal action could be taken. However, due to changes in circumstance, an outdated maintenance order may no longer be right for one or both spouses. In this case, a spouse may request a modification to the original maintenance order based on the following:
A change in the income or employment of the paying spouse
- A change in the income or employment of the receiving spouse
- A change in the relationship status of the receiving spouse
For example, if the paying spouse received a demotion or a negative change in their income, they can request to modify the maintenance order if the amount being paid each month is no longer fair or reasonable given the adjusted income. Another example would be if the receiving spouse remarried. In this case, the maintenance would be discontinued altogether.
Requesting an Illinois Maintenance Modification Order
In DuPage, Kane or Kendall counties, it is possible to petition the court for a modification to a maintenance order without the assistance of an attorney. However, this is generally not in the best interest of you or your loved ones. There are a variety of legal intricacies of maintenance modification orders in Illinois, and it is important that you have a DuPage divorce lawyer at your side to assist you through the steps of petitioning for a modification to an original maintenance order.
Jennifer S. Wiesner has had substantial past success with Illinois maintenance modifications and can provide you with reliable legal guidance in this area of family law. Regardless of what side of the modification order you are on, Attorney Wiesner can counsel you on the legal options available to you and assist you in gathering the necessary documentation to support your modification request.
As an experienced Chicago family law attorney, Jennifer S. Wiesner has helped families across the state of Illinois through the process of divorce, legal separation, child custody and child support and is ready to help you and your loved ones close this chapter of your lives and begin anew.
Contact Jennifer S. Wiesner Today:
Attorney Wiesner is available now to consult with you regarding your Illinois maintenance modification case. Contact the office today at (630) 562-2300 for a consultation to discuss your next move.