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900 E. Roosevelt Road, Lombard, IL 60148

Phone: 630-932-9100


134 N. Bloomingdale Road, Bloomingdale, IL 60108

Phone: 630-529-4761


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Phone: 630-932-9100


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DuPage County Unallocated Maintenance Attorneys

Unallocated Alimony Lawyers Serving Bloomingdale, Lombard, and Naperville

NOTE: As of January 1, 2019, unallocated maintenance is no longer available in divorce cases. For divorces finalized prior to that date, unallocated maintenance agreements will remain in effect, and maintenance and/or child support payments will continue to be taxed as they had been previously. However, if either party experiences a significant change in circumstances that requires a post-divorce modification, any adjustments to maintenance may result in maintenance payments being taxable for the payor rather than the payee. By consulting with an experienced DuPage County divorce attorney before making modifications to your divorce decree, you can ensure that your financial interests will be protected in any decisions made.

Most spouses going through a divorce are familiar with child support and alimony/maintenance. Child support is designated for the needs of the children and maintenance for the needs of the receiving spouse. In Illinois divorces finalized prior to December 31, 2018, another option was available, known as unallocated maintenance, that could often be financially beneficial for both parties. Unallocated family support is only beneficial in certain cases, however. For this reason, it should only be implemented with the advice and counsel of an experienced divorce and family law attorney.

At Mevorah Law Offices LLC, we have been serving clients in the Chicago area and throughout Illinois for over 40 years. Our award-winning attorneys have extensive experience with even the most complex divorces involving debt division, bankruptcies, and other challenging financial issues. Our lawyers are skilled, approachable and dedicated to protecting the interests of each client we serve. In addition, we have in-depth knowledge of tax consequences and divorce.

Unallocated Maintenance and Taxes

During a divorce, child support is typically tax neutral; in other words, child support payments cannot be deducted by the paying spouse and are not taxed as income to the receiving spouse. For divorces finalized prior to 2019, Alimony/maintenance was tax deductible for the paying spouse and was subject to income taxes for the receiving spouse. In some of these cases, unallocated maintenance was used to combine child support and alimony payments into one award that was tax deductible for the payor and taxable income for the recipient. This arrangement provided benefits for both the payor and the recipient.

Unallocated maintenance was used to benefit both parties in instances when there was a wide disparity in income between the spouses. For example, if the paying spouse was in one of the higher tax brackets, and the receiving spouse was in the lowest tax bracket or was a stay at home parent, unallocated family support could allow the paying spouse to save money by moving into a lower tax bracket even while paying a significantly higher award. At the same time, the receiving spouse was taxed at a higher income level but was still better off, because they received a larger award than they would have otherwise.

Changes to Tax Laws

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 redefined how maintenance is taxed. For divorces finalized after December 31, 2018, maintenance is treated the same as child support, meaning that it is not tax-deductible for the payor or taxable for the recipient. Unallocated maintenance is no longer available under the new tax law. However, unallocated maintenance agreements implemented in divorces finalized before January 1, 2019 will remain in effect.

Mevorah Law Offices LLC has helped numerous address tax issues during divorce. Our skilled attorneys are honest and down to earth, and we work closely with our clients to develop practical and creative solutions to help make the best of a very difficult situation. We are also very accessible to our clients and offer extended evening and weekend hours to help accommodate busy schedules. Contact our office today at 630-932-9100630-932-9100 for a free consultation.

In a post-decree child support dispute, the opposing party claimed that she did not receive child support for a period of almost seven years and was owed in excess of $65,000. Child support payments were paid directly to the mother, and hand-written receipts were exchanged between the parties. At trial, the attorney presented the testimony of a forensic handwriting expert who, after examining the hundreds of receipts in question, determined that both of the parties actually signed the receipts. The attorney's client was exonerated of contempt findings, did not have to pay in excess of $65,000.00, and no longer faced being incarcerated.


The DHFS claimed that our client owed in excess of $20,000, in past-due child support. The client had been laid-off and was receiving early social security retirement benefits. The responsible attorney successfully argued that the dependent benefit allocation for the minor child satisfied the client's child support obligation, retroactive to the initial payment of same. The client's "adjusted" arrearage was under $3,000.00, saving her client more than $17,000.


The attorney successfully obtained sole custody for the father who was concerned over the safety of the children when they were with their mother. After a contested Order of Protection and Custody Hearing the Court allowed only restricted and supervised visitation for the mother. The attorney was successful in moving the children permanently to the father's house, establishing a life for them with him, and preventing the Mother from allowing any harm to happen to the children. They are now excelling in school, making new friends, and thriving in their new, safe environment.


In a post judgment divorce case, the attorney prevented his client's ex-wife from increasing the amount of money his client would have to pay in spousal support. He also prevented his client's ex-wife from extending the number of years she would receive maintenance. The attorney investigated the matter and pointed out that she had not sold or refinanced the marital residence as provided in the judgment. The ex-wife's motions were denied, her maintenance terminated and the ex-wife was ordered to sell the house or pay the ex-husband his share of the equity in the home.


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Whether you are going through a divorce, injured in an accident, need to file a workers' compensation claim, charged with a crime, immigrating to the United States, or need to file for bankruptcy, Mevorah Law Offices LLC can help. Our trial lawyers have over 40 years of experience helping clients throughout Northern Illinois from four offices in Lombard, Bloomindale, Naperville, St. Charles, and Chicago.

Steven Mevorah has assembled experienced attorneys under one roof so that his clients need not search for a new attorney each time they need help. Mr. Mevorah has also established a wide network of additional attorneys so that his clients merely need to stop by Mevorah Law Offices LLC to find the attorney they need.

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