Alimony and Spousal Maintenance Attorney in Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois

I have been out of the workforce for years raising our kids. Can I get spousal support?

Chicago, IL family law attorney Michael Lodermeier talks about receiving spousal support if you’ve been out of the workforce for years raising kids.

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one of the fears
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that clients have they ask me well i
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haven’t worked for years i’ve taken care
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of the kids
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i feel like i might be too old to go out
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and make a living somewhere
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and make a significant salary in order
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to support myself
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and my husband’s been the bread owner
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can i get maintenance
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and the answer is absolutely that’s the
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purpose of maintenance
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the parties if you’ve had a
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combined household where one party had
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duties
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that did not earn an income but it was
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nonetheless you know duties of the
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household
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and somebody was working during that
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time period it is
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equitable for the person who didn’t earn
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a living and now does not have the work
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experience
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to go out and make a sustainable living
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something similar to the way they’re
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used to to living during the marriage
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the court is going to order the other
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person
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to help support the one who wasn’t
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working so that they can have a similar
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lifestyle
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so that the one who is earning income
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doesn’t just get to walk away
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and live their high life and the person
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who was
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slaving away at home and working and
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taking care of children and did a very
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significant job but never got the
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significant pay
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they still get to you know maintain
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their lifestyle

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