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Family Law

Family Law

Whatever family law problem you face, we are here to guide you to a better tomorrow.



Divorce is a difficult process, but can be much easier to bear with guidance from an experienced lawyer.

Child Custody/ Child Support

Child Custody/ Child Support

We are here to protect your parental rights and the best interests of your children.

International Custody / Kidnapping

International Custody /Kidnapping

We have extensive experience handling child custody disputes that cross international borders.

Protecting Your Rights in Regard to Spousal Maintenance in Illinois


Spousal maintenance, also known as alimony or spousal support, is often necessary to support someone through a divorce and beyond as he or she transitions to a new life. However, the Illinois laws that govern maintenance are extremely complicated. An experienced divorce attorney can help you understand your rights, both as the potential payee, and the potential recipient of maintenance.

New Federal Law Can Affect Your Finances

As of January 1, 2019, you will no longer be able to deduct what you pay in maintenance from your gross income when you are calculating your federal taxes owed.

At Schaffer Family Law, Ltd., in Naperville, we recognize the financial challenges that both parties face during and following a divorce. We represent individuals who seek financial security and a promise for a brighter future. We can advise you as to how Illinois and federal laws will affect your divorce.

To learn more, contact us to schedule an initial consultation with our experienced lawyer, David N. Schaffer.

Understanding Spousal Maintenance

Maintenance may be permanent, limited to a specific term or reviewable. When determining maintenance support, the court considers many factors, including:

  • Length of the marriage
  • Incomes of both parties
  • Each party’s ability to rebuild his or her estate post-divorce
  • Child-rearing responsibilities
  • Standard of living during the marriage
  • A homemaker’s nonfinancial contribution to the family partnership

Maintenance awards are determined on a case-by-case basis. Because it is difficult to predict if and how much alimony will be awarded, it is important to have a skilled attorney on your side who will fight on behalf of your individual rights and interests.

With David as your legal representative, you can be assured that he will advocate for you through negotiation and, if necessary, in the courtroom. David understands how important it is that you are financially secure as you get through this divorce and embark on your new life. He will do everything he can to obtain that security for you and your family.

Contact Us With Your Legal Needs

We are here to answer your questions and address your concerns about alimony and other divorce-related issues. To speak with a Naperville alimony attorney one on one about your case, contact us to schedule an appointment. You may also call us at 630-922-4500.