Maintenance

The statute concerning maintenance (i.e. 750 ILCS 5/504) was changed on January 1, 2015, and again on January 1, 2016.  Until it’s most recent modifications, there were no (well-defined) guidelines given under the IMDMA for how much maintenance was to be awarded to a spouse, nor was there too much direction provided as to when maintenance should be awarded at all.  After it’s most recent amendments, however, it appears that maintenance will be awarded far more often than it ever was previously.  If the court determines that maintenance is a proper remedy under the circumstances presented, it will likely be based off of a formula provided under the revised statutes, which takes into consideration the gross income of both parties, as well as the length of the parties’ marriage.