Alimony, or spousal maintenance, is money paid from one spouse to another after a separation or divorce. Alimony can allow a spouse to maintain a reasonable standard of living after the dissolution of a marriage. Alimony is a top issue in many divorce cases, with both spouses often concerned about what alimony requirements will be.
At Dorris Law Firm, our Tucson family law attorneys have a comprehensive understanding of Arizona alimony laws. If you need help estimating alimony or spousal maintenance payments in your divorce, or if you want a caring and qualified professional to represent you in spousal support matters, we are here to help.
Can I Use An Alimony Calculator In Arizona?
Many people are familiar with child support calculators available online that can help estimate likely child support amounts based upon statutory formulas and Arizona child support guidelines. Under Arizona law, however, alimony or spousal maintenance is not calculated in accordance with any formula, but is based on a number of factors, including:
- The way in which marital property is divided
- Whether one spouse contributed to the educational opportunities of the other
- The length of the marriage
- The age of the recipient spouse
- Whether the spouse seeking alimony has the ability to work/earn a living
- The contribution each spouse made to the marriage
- The standard of living established during the marriage
All of these factors are very specific to the individual couple getting a divorce; there are no standard formulas used in determining or awarding alimony. Because the decision is made based on what is fair under the circumstances of each spouse, there is no alimony calculator in Arizona that allows you to plug your data and determine what your payment is.
This doesn’t mean you can’t get an idea of what an alimony award is likely to be. An attorney can help you estimate and recommend how much alimony is appropriate in your divorce.
Estimating Alimony Or Spousal Maintenance In Arizona
Calculating an appropriate amount for alimony or spousal maintenance payments is vital if you are trying to settle your divorce without litigation. If you and your spouse are able to agree on the issues in the divorce, including the amount of alimony that is to be paid, the process of ending your marriage can be much simpler, less acrimonious, and less time-consuming.
Seeking the advice and counsel of someone who is an expert in the determination of spousal maintenance is helpful in divorce settlement negotiations because it can give you an estimate of an appropriate alimony amount. Since there is no standard formula for calculating spousal maintenance, however, you should speak to an attorney about the amount you’d likely be awarded if a judge were asked to decide alimony.
At Dorris Law Firm, we help husbands and wives alike with key legal issues related to spousal support. Don’t be fooled by internet calculators when dealing with a legal matter as important as alimony. We specialize in advocating for our clients to get a support amount that is fair and appropriate under the circumstances.
To learn more about how our family law experts can help, contact us to schedule a free, confidential, no-obligation consultation. Call us at 520-622-4866 today.