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Alimony Calculator in Chicago

Woman calculates alimony with the help of a Chicago divorce lawyer.

Going through a divorce can be devastating financially and supporting yourself on your own income often proves challenging. To help maintain your standard of living, you may be entitled to alimony, or spousal support, as part of your final divorce settlement. Use our Chicago alimony calculator to determine if you may be entitled to alimony and the amount you are likely to receive.

Am I Entitled to Alimony in a Divorce?

Under the Illinois Statutes, you may be entitled to alimony to help ensure you are provided for in the aftermath of a divorce and to aid in your recovery. Factors the judge will consider in determining whether you are eligible for alimony payments in a Chicago divorce include: 

  • The length of the marriage;
  • Each party’s income and earning potential;
  • Whether you sacrificed your own career or education for the sake of your spouse;
  • The amount of premarital property each spouse possesses;
  • The amount awarded in any marital property settlements. 

Calculating the Amount of Alimony You are Entitled to

When calculating the amount of alimony you may be entitled to in a divorce through the Cook County Circuit Court, there are two factors involved — the amount of alimony that should be paid and the duration. 

Alimony Amounts

While the judge takes into consideration individual factors in your case, the standard calculation is 30% of your spouse’s annual gross income minus 20% of your annual gross income. If your monthly income is $1,000 or less: 

  • If your spouse’s gross monthly income is between $3,000 and $5,000, you may be entitled to $600 to $1,300 per month in alimony;
  • If their gross monthly income is between $6,000 and $10,0000, you may be entitled to monthly alimony payments of $1,600 to $2,700;
  • If their gross monthly income is over $10,000, you may be entitled to alimony of $3,000 per month or more. 

Duration of Alimony Payments

In addition to the amount of alimony, the judge will determine the duration of payments. The general formula is: 

  • If you were married between five and 10 years, you may be entitled to alimony for up to four years.  
  • If you were married between 11 and 19 years, you may be entitled to alimony for five to eight years;
  • If you were married 20 years or more, the judge may order permanent alimony or for a duration equal to the length of your marriage. 

Contact Our Chicago Divorce Attorneys Today

Alimony can prove vital in helping you recover financially after a divorce. To ensure you get the maximum amount you are entitled to, get our Chicago divorce attorneys on your side. Call or contact the Women’s Divorce and Family Law Group online and request a consultation today. 


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