I regularly consult with new clients who mistakenly think that alimony and child support are the same thing or that they are inseparable. Alimony (referred to in Illinois as “maintenance”) and child support are two different things. Just because a parent is entitled to child support does not mean that she or he is entitled to receive maintenance. There is a statute in Illinois that sets forth guideline child support as a percentage of the non-custodial parent’s net income. Thus, in most cases child support is formulaic. Maintenance, on the other hand, does not have a guideline formula. The law provides factors that the court considers in determining whether maintenance should be paid and, if so, how much. Thus, maintenance tends to be customized more in each particular divorce case. If you have questions regarding maintenance or child support in Illinois, call divorce attorney Tanya Witt at the Chicago family law firm of The Witt Law Firm, P.C. at (312) 948-9884 or email info@thewittlawfirm.com. The above blog post does not constitute legal advice. Please discuss your specific rights with an attorney.