Types of Alimony/Maintenance in Illinois Divorce
Rehabilitative MaintenanceThis type of spousal support is given to a spouse who needs time in order to become financially independent. Rehabilitative maintenance generally has a specific time frame, and ends when the receiving spouse is on their feet. Commonly, this type of support is for someone who stayed at home raising children and needs time to find a job or get training in order to return to the work force.
Permanent MaintenanceThis type of spousal support is, well, permanent. Situations in which a judge awards permanent maintenance include lengthy marriages, or when one spouse is unable to support themselves. For example, an elderly spouse may not have the option of working to support themselves independently.
Temporary MaintenanceTemporary maintenance is available to a spouse requiring support while the divorce is pending. A divorce can take a year or more to finalize. When the divorce becomes final, temporary maintenance ends.