Scottsdale Spousal Maintenance/Alimony Lawyers
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.
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
- Work history
- 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.
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