Chicago, IL asked in Divorce and Family Law for Illinois

Q: I have been married for three years and six months. . .am I obligated to paying alimony to my spouse upon divorce?

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Christine S. Janis
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A: The easy answer to your question is "maybe." Whether or not you are obligated to pay alimony - now called "maintenance" - depends on a number of factors, including not only how long you have been married, but who is the primary earner and amount of your respective incomes. And you and your spouse can always agree to waive maintenance as a part of a settlement deal. While there are always exceptions to the rule, the "good" news is that with a marriage as short as yours, if you ARE obligated to pay maintenance and your spouse is unwilling to waive it, the duration of your obligation to pay should be relatively short.

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