If you are going through a divorce in Phoenix, you almost certainly have a lot of questions that need to be answered. For many divorcing couples, some of the first questions that come up are about finances and what to expect from alimony (known as “spousal support” in Arizona). While there really is no substitute for speaking with an experienced Phoenix divorce lawyer about the specifics of your situation, here are some general answers to common questions about alimony in Phoenix, which will give you an idea of what to expect.
- Will spousal support payments be affected if one spouse cheated? No. Arizona is what is called a “no fault” divorce state, meaning that one spouse’s bad behavior has no bearing on the amount of spousal support awarded.
- Are spousal support payments taxable? You will generally have to pay taxes on any spousal support payments received, and you can generally take spousal support paid as a deduction on your taxes. Speak with your tax advisor or check into your local laws for more information on how spousal support payments affect your taxes.
- How long will I have to pay spousal support? It used to be that spousal support was a long-term payment, but that is no longer the case – for the most part. The judge in your case will set a certain time period during which spousal support must be paid. This can vary depending on the circumstances, and this may also be modified if there is a significant change in circumstances. Check with your Phoenix divorce attorney if you have questions about modifying spousal support in Phoenix.
It pays to have a caring and experienced Phoenix divorce lawyer on your side during your divorce. If you have questions about child support, spousal support, division of property, or other issues, please speak with one of our helpful Phoenix family law attorneys today at 1-888-929-5292, or use the quick online contact form on this page.
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