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Divorce after a short marriage -- what about spousal support?

Impulsion has come back to bite many people in Illinois and elsewhere. Those who marry impulsively may find that the decision could have far-reaching consequences if a divorce soon results. Even though a particular marriage may be short-lived, the legal impact could be long-lasting. Many Illinois spouses who file for divorce after marriages that lasted for only weeks or months may have questions about alimony.

Spousal support laws vary from state to state, but factors that might be considered include each spouse's earning capacity and the standard of living during their marriage. If one spouse needs time to train for re-entry into the job market, the other spouse might have to pay spousal support during that time. The court will also consider the ability of the paying spouse to support him or herself along with the other spouse.

Although the length of time the marriage lasted may play a role, a short marriage does not necessarily mean there will be no alimony. However, after a brief marriage, it is unlikely that there will be children to consider or even that the couple had established a particular lifestyle. Even if the court orders some level of spousal support, it might be for the duration of divorce proceedings or just until the other spouse has secured employment.

An experienced Illinois divorce attorney can help answer the many questions that may arise in these circumstances. A lawyer can explain the spousal support laws of the state and assess the various aspects that might affect an obligation to pay alimony. An attorney can also define the steps to take to modify court-ordered spousal support when necessary.

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