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Divorce and Temporary Support: How it Works


Divorce is emotionally and mentally stressful for any individual. But if you’re a stay-at-home parent or otherwise don’t have access to financial resources during the divorce, it can be stressful for other reasons as well.

Luckily, you have options during the divorce process to ensure both you and your children are supported. In some cases, you may qualify for temporary support and begin receiving money before your divorce is over.

Your Options Under Illinois Law

Under Illinois law, you may qualify for temporary child support, maintenance, and/or interim attorney’s fees. While temporary child support and maintenance are obvious in what it provides, interim attorney’s fees are less obvious.

The logic behind interim attorney’s fees is that you can secure a set amount of attorney’s fees from your spouse during the divorce proceedings to ensure a fair case. This prevents your spouse from bullying you into an unfair settlement because you don’t have the money to pay an attorney and is fair if you have limited resources and your spouse has ample resources.

The Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act (IMDMA) was updated in January, 2016. This has somewhat simplified the process of filing for temporary relief. Your Naperville divorce attorney will file all necessary forms and accompanying affidavits required to prove your expenses, income, and other needs.

The Hearing Process After Filing for Temporary Relief 

Just because you file for temporary relief of any kind doesn’t mean it will be granted. Instead, the judge will decide whether to grant your petition for relief based on the evidence presented. This expedites the process and ensures you aren’t left waiting for relief when you need it most.

It’s important to remember that a judge will consider all evidence presented in making a decision about your case. As such, it’s important you stay organized throughout the process to increase the likelihood of your petition being approved.

Turn to a Naperville Divorce Lawyer for the Assistance You Need 

If you’ve been considering divorce but haven’t yet filed because you don’t have the resources to do so, it’s important to remember that you may be awarded temporary relief. As such, it’s important that you explore all your options before deciding whether to file or not.

Contact Larry at 630-470-9990 to take advantage of your free, 30-minute consultation and over 35 years of legal expertise. If you prefer, you may also request a consultation using our simple online form. We look forward to speaking with you to resolve any lingering questions you may have and helping you move forward with your divorce.

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Lawrence R. Surinak Ltd. is a law firm concentrating solely on family law and has served clients in DuPage, Will, Kane, and Kendall counties for over 35 years.

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About Attorney Lawrence R. Surinak Ltd.

Lawrence R. Surinak Ltd. is a law firm concentrating solely on family law and has served clients in DuPage, Will, Kane, and Kendall counties for over 35 years.

We continue to work with clients in Naperville, Wheaton, Lisle, Oswego, Downers Grove, and the surrounding areas to provide one-on-one support and attention that will help you through this difficult time.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us at any time. We look forward to offering our expertise and support to you throughout your case and after.