maintenance.  Maintenance does not have a strict formula, as does child
support, to use to determine amount and length.  Therefore, an award of
maintenance is solely at the discretion of the presiding judge unless the parties
can agree.

Marital Misconduct.  The statutory factors set forth in Section 5/504 of the Illinois
Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act does not allow misconduct during the
TERMS OF MAINTENANCE.  Maintenance can be either temporary or permanent.  
Maintenance can be for a fixed period of time, an indefinite period of time, or in
gross (in a lump sum that can be paid at once or by payments).

PAYMENT.  Payment of maintenance can be from the income of property or from
the income of the spouse.  Payment can be made directly to the spouse or
through an order of withholding from the spouse's paycheck that goes to the
State Disbursement Unit (SDU) that keeps a record the payments.

TAX DEDUCTION.  The payor of maintenance may receive a tax deduction for
payment of maintenance.  The payee/recipient of maintenance payments is
required to pay taxes on the payments as it is considered income by the IRS.  
Child support payments cannot be used as a tax deduction according to the IRS
unless child support is paid through an order of unallocated child support and

Unallocated Child Support and Maintenance.  A spouse may be ordered to pay
child support and maintenance.  These amounts can be set separately or can be
combined.  Combined child support and maintenance is called unallocated child
support and maintenance.  A combined order is beneficial to the payor as he/she
is able to use the entire amount as a tax deduction rather than just the
maintenance payments.