How much can someone receive in maintenance?

By Candace Meyers
April 25, 2017
How much can someone receive in maintenance?

The calculation is based upon our statute if they fall within the guideline requirement. Under our current guideline, if the combined gross income of the parties is less than $250,000, then the calculation is based upon 30% of the payor’s gross income, less 20% of the payee's gross income.

For example, if the payor is earning $180,000 in gross income and the payee is earning $30,000 in gross income, 30% of the $180,000 is $54,000. You subtract that from 20% of the $30,000, which is $6,000. The annual figure is $48,000 or $4,000 per month. Again, this is gross, so the individual who's paying the maintenance would be able to take that $48,000 as a tax deduction from their $180,000 gross income. Likewise, the person who's receiving the maintenance would have a taxable income in addition to their $30,000 of $48,000 of taxable income.

Candace Meyers is a family lawyer at Boyle Feinberg, P.C. in Illinois. To learn more about the firm, visit Visit their firm profile here.

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