Now that you are starting to take the first steps to move forward with divorce, do you expect the judge to include spousal support as part of the divorce decree? A Cook County judge is going to examine certain factors in making an alimony determination. For example, the court might examine the property each of you will walk away with when the divorce is final, your earning capabilities, the length of your marriage, and even your health and mental condition.
Once the court makes its decision regarding the need for alimony, it will then make a determination on how much alimony you should receive and for how long. Judges usually make this decision based on the particular circumstances of each case. If you do not want to be saddled with depending on monthly alimony payments, there may be an alternative available. If the court and your future ex-husband agree, you may be able to take a single lump sum alimony payment.