Understanding How The Court Decides Alimony
Widespread misconceptions prevent many people in Arizona from getting alimony. Both husbands and wives can seek alimony payments as part of their divorce proceedings. A person may receive spousal maintenance on a permanent or temporary basis. The court may award temporary alimony to the lower-income spouse during the divorce process to help pay for legal expenses and keep up his or her standard of living.
Some factors considered by the judge include:
- Whether the marriage was of duration, and one party is of an age that may prevent the possibility of gaining employment to meet his or her needs
- Whether a party lacks sufficient property to meet his or her reasonable needs
- Whether a party is unable to be self-sufficient through appropriate employment
- Whether a party helped put the other through school
Unexpected Factors In A Spousal Maintenance Dispute
Spousal support cases can involve more than the first agreement. Some parties may overlook sources of income and the costs of child care when determining payments. There are also tax considerations for both spouses. Our lawyers can give you an idea of what to expect from your maintenance dispute, and they can set you up for long-term success.
A spousal support order can be changed or terminated in Arizona if:
- The spouse who is receiving maintenance payments remarries
- Either ex-spouse experiences a substantial and permanent change in financial circumstances, such as job loss or lowered pay
- Either ex-spouse dies
- Either ex-spouse experiences a severe illness
Some of these circumstances may not apply to all maintenance orders. Our attorneys can review your order and determine if changes are possible. Because of this challenge of changing an order, you should work to get the best possible initial agreement.
Talk To Knowledgeable Spousal Maintenance Attorneys
The Phoenix, Scottsdale and Prescott offices of DeShon Laraye Pullen PLC can help you. You can contact us by email to arrange your first meeting. Potential clients can also call us at 602-626-9552 or 800-409-0262. We look forward to hearing from you.