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Document Type

Article

Media Type

Text

Abstract

Perhaps few issues in family law, or in legal jurisprudence generally, are debated as widely and heatedly as maintenance is. Opinions on the subject cover the full range of the spectrum, from the suggestion that maintenance should be limited, to the suggestion that it should be expanded. What does emerge as a unifying theme is the general dissatisfaction of scholars, litigants, practitioners, and judges with the current maintenance law provisions under the Uniform Marriage and Divorce Act ("UMDA"), which Illinois has adopted This comment argues that this dissatisfaction with the current maintenance provisions cannot be overcome, and that new provisions are necessary to fairly allocate maintenance awards. The purpose of this comment is to provide a general overview of some of the major theories scholars are advancing to replace existing maintenance law and to synthesize these theories into one workable solution.

First Page

581

Last Page

614

Publication Date

7-1-2003

Department

College of Law

ISSN

0734-1490

Language

eng

Publisher

Northern Illinois University Law Review

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Law Commons

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