FAQs about Finances During a Chicago Divorce
A: If your spouse withholds financial support, it will place a financial burden on you until an application for temporary support and maintenance can be heard and decided by the court.
A: Issues surrounding Illinois maintenance, also known as spousal support, can seem daunting at first. A Chicago family law attorney with extensive experience in handling maintenance and other financial matters surrounding divorce is your best bet at getting the financial support you need to proceed with your divorce. Contact Nottage and Ward, LLP today at (312) 332-2915 to discuss your family law matter.
A: You may want to consider seeking an "interim award", which is money appointed by the court to temporarily pay for short-term attorney fees and costs. In evaluating a request for an interim award, the court will assess all pertinent factors that may influence a person's finances to determine what is just and equitable.
A: When evaluating whether you qualify for an interim award, the court will assess the income and property of each party, which includes alleged marital property under the sole control of one party and alleged non-marital property within access to a party. The court will also evaluate the needs of each party; the practical earning capacity of each party; any limitations or damages to current earning capacity of either party, which includes age, physical health, and emotional wellbeing; the standard of living established during the marriage; each party's access to appropriate information; and the amount of the payment or payments made or reasonable expected to be made to the attorney for the other party. The court will also look at the degree of complexity of the issues at hand, which often relates to child custody, property valuation or division (or both) of closely held businesses, tax planning, and a reasonable need for expert investigations or expert witnesses (or both).
A: Unless reasonable cause is demonstrated, an interim award for attorney fees and costs will not be less than payments made or reasonably expected to be made to the counsel for the other party. Interim awards may be less than the actual divorce attorneys fees incurred and you may need to apply for interim attorneys fees more than once. At the end of the case, your attorney may also file for contribution to the final fees incurred.
A: When a court or hearing officer determines that both parties seeking a divorce in Chicago do not have the finances, access to assets, or access to income to pay for practical attorney fees and costs, an order will be entered to assign available funds for each party's counsel. This usually includes retainers or interim payments, or both, paid prior, in a way that establishes equality between the parties.
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