The Ability To Get Back On Your Feet After A Divorce
Spousal maintenance, or alimony as it is commonly called, is not mandatory in Arizona. It is usually awarded with the intention of helping the less well-off spouse get back on his or her feet after the marriage is terminated.
Certain factors go into determining whether or not one spouse will have to pay the other spousal maintenance. These include:
- The length of the marriage
- The difference in income and earning potential between the two spouses
- The degree to which one spouse sacrificed his or her own career to support the other
- The age of the requesting spouse relevant to his or her ability to find gainful employment
- Whether the requesting spouse needs to stay at home to care for the couple's children
- The skills, education and ability to find gainful employment for each spouse
- The amount of property and assets assigned to each spouse
- The standard of living during the marriage
The length of time one spouse will have to pay spousal maintenance will also be determined by many of these factors. When the divorcing spouses agree, spousal maintenance can be non-modifiable as to amount and duration. The court will not order non-modifiable spousal maintenance unless both spouses agree to it as part of the divorce settlement. If there is no agreement, the spousal maintenance payment can be modified at any point after the divorce is finalized upon a finding by the court of a continuing and substantial change in circumstances.
At Stolar & Pollins, we work with you to determine if you need spousal maintenance or if you will have to pay it. We establish a legal foundation for your position and will examine your financial circumstances to provide the necessary evidence to prove your case. If you need to request temporary maintenance until the divorce is finalized, we will file a motion with the court to request it.
Pima County Alimony Attorneys
Our mother-daughter team of lawyers takes all of your financial needs and obligations into consideration when looking at the question of spousal maintenance. If necessary, we will consult with financial experts to uncover hidden assets that may affect whether or not spousal maintenance should be paid.
Our Tucson spousal maintenance attorneys believe in providing professional representation with personal service. We give you our full attention, working together toward your desired outcome.
Contact Stolar & Pollins To Schedule A Consultation
Contact us to discuss your unique family law situation and discover how our breadth of services can help you achieve your goals. Our lawyers are accommodating to your needs. We can be reached by phone at 520-441-6846, and we return phone calls promptly.