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    Default Chances of Getting Spousal Maintenance

    An Illinois couple has been married for thirty years. The wife has a high school education and, during the marriage, stayed home to raise the children. She is now fifty-seven years old. Will she get spousal maintenance if they divorce?

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    Default Re: Chances of Getting Spousal Maintenance

    Spousal support is likely under those circumstances, although the husband's income may be a factor.

    Broadly speaking, under the Illinois law that governs spousal maintenance, the wife should receive 30% of her husband's gross income, less 20% of her own gross income (which, right now, is nothing). At the same time, the amount of maintenance received and the income from the wife's employment may not exceed more than 40% of the combined incomes of the wife and husband. While income levels may affect duration, under the stated facts spousal support would likely be indefinite.

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