Spousal maintenance, also referred to as alimony, is a complex area of family law. Unlike child support, spousal maintenance in Arizona is not defined by a pre-existing formula. It is totally up to the judge’s discretion to decide whether to grant alimony in different circumstances, as well as the amount of alimony which should be granted.
Three kinds of spousal support, or alimony are provided in Arizona:
Since Arizona is a no-fault divorce state, the fault of a party will not be considered when determining spousal maintenance. Factors like gambling, drinking, and use of illegal drugs will not be taken into consideration when making spousal maintenance decisions.
The court will however, consider the following factors when determining alimony:
In Arizona, either husband or wife can seek alimony payments. The spousal maintenance granted could be temporary or permanent. Temporary alimony is granted to the lower-income spouse during the pendency of the divorce process, so that spouse can pay the legal expenses and maintain their standard of living during the divorce process.
Ensuring a Fair and Just Outcome
If incomplete or deceptive numbers are provided for calculation of spousal support, the resulting maintenance order may not be acceptable to the sides. This is why it is important to contact a qualified divorce attorney who will be able to detect if the information regarding income and assets provided to the court is reliable and trustworthy.
The Cantor Law Group has many years of experience in providing fair and acceptable spousal support plans to divorcing couples. Contact the Scottsdale family lawyers at (602) 254-8880 to get the best possible legal representation. The office of David Michael Cantor will pursue your objectives and protect your rights no matter how difficult the divorce case may seem. The Cantor Law Group has an established record of achievement in the field of family law, and will take into consideration issues like your future-finances, your children, and other critical matters that need to be looked at in a divorce.
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