Spousal Rights To Maintenance

In Arizona, either party may have the right to receive spousal maintenance or alimony after divorce. Since spousal maintenance is not an absolute right, the experience of your attorney is an important factor in determining whether you have an obligation to pay maintenance or are entitled to receive payments.

At DeShon Laraye Pullen PLC, in Phoenix, our lawyers will analyze your case and advise you whether or not a court is likely to award alimony based on the facts of your case. In many cases, we are able to reach a negotiated agreement that can help you avoid the stress and cost of litigation. However, we are prepared to use our trial skills if necessary to protect your financial interests.

When Does A Spouse Have A Right To Alimony?

Arizona courts may order alimony for the following reasons:

  • The party seeking alimony lacks sufficient property to provide for his or her reasonable needs.
  • The party seeking alimony is unable to become self-sufficient through appropriate employment, is the custodian of a child whose age or condition is such that the custodian should not be required to seek employment outside the home or lacks earning ability in the labor market adequate to be self-sufficient.
  • The party seeking alimony contributed to the educational opportunities of the other spouse.
  • The marriage was of long duration and the party seeking alimony is of an age that may preclude the possibility of gaining employment adequate to be self-sufficient.

There are no guidelines for determining the amount and duration of alimony. Instead, courts will consider a number of factors in setting payments.

Learn more about factors in determining spousal maintenance.

Contact Our Phoenix Alimony Lawyers

For more information about Arizona spousal maintenance laws, turn to the attorneys of DeShon Laraye Pullen PLC. To schedule an initial consultation, call 602-626-9552, 800-409-0262 or contact our office online.