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Alimony (or "Spousal Maintenance")

Spousal maintenance (commonly known as "alimony") is designed to help a spouse get back on his or her feet following a divorce

Alimony is based on each party’s reasonable needs and the ability to meet those needs through employment or other sources of income.

How Alimony Is Determined

In Arizona, spousal support is not based on a formula but instead on a variety of factors. The first issue is whether one spouse is entitled to an award of spousal maintenance pursuant to the factors set forth in A.R.S. § 25-319(A). Once the Court determines that a spouse is entitled to an award, the amount and duration of the award are determined by examining the factors set forth in A.R.S. § 25-319(B). Our family law attorneys are committed to guiding you through the divorce process, while addressing the factors taken into consideration when determining alimony, such as:

  • Duration of the marriage

  • Both parties' educational backgrounds and work history

  • Income levels of both parties

  • Ability to become self-sufficient

  • Medical disabilities or other special needs

One of our top priorities is to make sure spousal support is determined correctly. We will work with you to make sure you provide complete documentation regarding your financial situation. You can feel confident that we will present your information correctly to make sure spousal maintenance determinations are fair.

Modifying Spousal Maintenance

Generally, spousal support obligations remain intact until the term of the award expires, either party dies, or the party receiving alimony remarries. The courts in Arizona acknowledge that other unexpected situations may also warrant spousal support modifications.

Unless your settlement agreement provides otherwise, spousal maintenance can be terminated or adjusted by demonstrating a substantial and continuing change in financial situations. For example, a job loss or a reduction in pay could warrant a modification to the amount or duration of the award. Whether you are looking to modify or enforce your spousal support arrangements, we will work with you to help you navigate through the legal process.



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