Ask a Lawyer: Unallocated Maintenance

Question:

What is a fair amount, have 3 kids, make 71,000. I have been married for 18 yrs. We have a 160,000 dollar home. She has a job that pays 250 a week.

Answer:

I must preface this answer by saying I am not licensed to practice law in Illinois. You can go online and access a child support calculator through dadsdivorce.com. It should give you a pretty good idea of how much support you will owe. I believe Illinois bases child support on a percentage of your income and the number of children you have. Somes states use an income share model which factors in both parents income. As for spousal maintenance, that is usually at the discretion of the court. It will depend on wife’s income/earing potential and you income. Also the court will probably consider living expenses.
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