The Maintenance statute of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act Section 504 was amended so as to take affect this January 1, 2015. Maintenance formerly known as alimony is the right of one spouse to receive income from the other spouse. This blog, which shall be published in several parts, seeks to create an understanding as to how the new maintenance statute will operate and what it means to an obligor. It shall also contain specific examples so as to further show just how the statute will work and how it will work together with Section 505 of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act which controls the determination of child support. As the factoring of maintenance will play a crucial role in understanding the total obligation of an obligor when children are involved.
Part I – Former Section 504.