Whether you will be the one paying alimony or the one receiving it, there are some things you need to know. Alimony, which is known as spousal maintenance in Arizona, can be defined as an allowance of support paid by one ex-spouse to the other. Spousal maintenance may be paid to the former husband or wife.
Factors to Consider
The court may award spousal maintenance based on any of the following factors:
- The spouse doesn’t have enough property to cover his or her needs.
- The spouse lacks appropriate employment needed to pay living expenses.
- The spouse can’t or shouldn’t work outside of the home because of the age or condition of a child who is in his or her custody.
- The marriage was of a long duration and the spouse is at an age when obtaining appropriate employment may not be a possibility.
- The labor market is prohibiting the spouse from earning money to support him or herself.
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Spousal maintenance cannot be used as a way to punish one spouse in the divorce. For example, you will not be awarded alimony simply because your spouse cheated during the marriage. It is designed specifically to provide financial support.
When You Need Help
If you are dealing with a family law issue, such as spousal maintenance, you don’t have to face the situation alone. The Arizona family law attorneys at the law firm of Curry, Pearson & Wooten, PLC have helped residents of Maricopa County, just like you, with spousal maintenance, divorce proceedings, child support and more.
To talk with an experienced lawyer, contact us today by calling 602-258-1000 or toll free at 1-888-9AZLAWCOM (888-929-5292).
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