Spousal Maintenance (Alimony)

Scottsdale Spousal Maintenance/Alimony Lawyer

Spousal maintenance, commonly known as alimony, is one of the factors that may arise in your Arizona divorce or legal separation. This issue will need to be resolved between you and your spouse before your divorce can be finalized. If you and your spouse can arrive at an agreement through negotiation or mediation, it can be submitted to the court for approval. Where that process fails, it will be up to a judge to determine the issue. Judges will look at a variety of factors when deciding this issue.

If you are involved in a divorce in or around Scottdale and need legal representation in this matter, you can rely on kdlaw P.C. for highly-qualified help. We have helped countless individuals resolve this matter along with all other divorce-related issues throughout the Scottsdale area. Backed by combined decades of experience and the expertise of a Certified Family Law Specialist, our firm brings exceptional professionalism and legal insight into even the most complex cases.

Contact a Scottsdale spousal maintenance attorney at kdlaw P.C. for a consultation at (480) 999-0553 or send us your details through our online request form.

What is the Importance of Hiring an Alimony Lawyer?

Hiring an alimony lawyer can be important for several reasons, especially when navigating the complexities of divorce and spousal support. Here are some key reasons why hiring an alimony lawyer can be beneficial:

  • Legal Knowledge and Experience: Alimony lawyers have specialized knowledge and experience in family law, including the laws and regulations governing alimony in your jurisdiction. They can provide you with expert advice tailored to your specific situation.
  • Negotiation Skills: Alimony lawyers are skilled negotiators who can help you achieve a fair and favorable outcome in alimony negotiations. They can advocate for your interests and ensure that your rights are protected throughout the process.
  • Legal Guidance and Strategy: An alimony lawyer can assess your case, explain your rights and options, and develop a strategic approach to pursue or defend against alimony claims. They can help you understand the potential outcomes and risks involved in your case.
  • Documentation and Paperwork: Alimony cases often involve complex documentation and paperwork. A lawyer can help you gather and organize the necessary documents, prepare and file legal paperwork, and ensure that all deadlines are met.
  • Court Representation: If your alimony case goes to court, an experienced lawyer can represent you effectively in front of the judge. They can present your case persuasively, cross-examine witnesses, and argue legal points on your behalf.
  • Avoiding Mistakes: Family law can be complicated, and a small mistake in your alimony case could have significant consequences. A lawyer can help you avoid common pitfalls and ensure that your case is handled correctly from the start.
  • Emotional Support: Divorce and alimony disputes can be emotionally challenging. A lawyer can provide you with support and guidance throughout the process, helping you make informed decisions that are in your best interests.

Overall, hiring an alimony lawyer can help you navigate the complexities of alimony law, protect your rights, and achieve a fair resolution in your alimony case.

Spousal Maintenance in Arizona

Spousal maintenance is defined as the payment of monies from one spouse to the other as means of support based on Arizona Law. In determining whether either party qualifies for spousal maintenance the Court will consider numerous factors as set forth in A.R.S. §25-319.

Examples of these factors include but are not limited to:

  • Length of marriage
  • Income and earnings
  • Age and health
  • Education
  • Work history
  • Need
  • Economic waste committed during marriage

Spousal maintenance is often needed when one spouse is left economically damaged by divorce through the loss of income. This often occurs when the other spouse earns significantly more, where the economically-damaged spouse has contributed to the family as a stay-at-home parent, has contributed to the other spouse’s education or training towards a successful career, and in other instances. It is generally ordered by the courts to ensure that the less economically-advantaged spouse is able to maintain the standard of living established throughout the marriage.

Different types of spousal maintenance can be ordered by the courts. Temporary support can be awarded while a divorce is pending to allow a spouse to maintain financial stability. Rehabilitative support may awarded after the divorce has been finalized. This type of support is designed to give a spouse the financial resources needed to become self-supporting, such as through additional education, training, or work experience. Finally, permanent maintenance may be awarded but this is rare. It generally pertains to spouses who, due to age or health conditions, will likely never be able to become financially independent.

Ready to learn more about how the spousal maintenance law applies to your situation? Contact kdlaw P.C. online or at (480) 999-0553 today. 

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