Supporting Former Spouses Under Arizona Law

Arizona alimony laws, technically termed spousal maintenance, provide broad discretion to the trial judge. The alimony laws dictate that the granting of spousal maintenance depends on several factors. To name a few, the deciding judge considers the length of the marriage, any minor children involved, each spouse’s income, and the reasonable needs of the spouse seeking support. If the judge determines that there is a need, the issue becomes the amount and duration of the award. The accomplished and knowledgeable Tucson alimony lawyers at Dorris Law Firm will advocate on your behalf to ensure the trial judge fully understands and appreciates your position on alimony.

Conditions Under Which Alimony is Considered

In deciding if Arizona law permits the awarding of support, the judge must find that at least one of the following facts applies to the party seeking support:

  • Lacks sufficient property, including property apportioned to the spouse, to provide for that spouse’s reasonable needs
  • Is unable to be self-sufficient through appropriate employment or 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
  • Contributed to the educational opportunities of the other spouse
  • Had a marriage of long duration and is of an age that may preclude the possibility of gaining employment adequate to be self-sufficient

Specifics of Alimony Laws in Arizona

The alimony laws in Arizona consider various factors when determining the amount and duration of support. The court examines the

  • Standard of living established during the marriage
  • The ability of the spouse petitioned for maintenance to meet his or her own needs while meeting those of the spouse seeking maintenance
  • The contribution of the spouse seeking maintenance to the earning ability of the other spouse
  • The time necessary to acquire sufficient education or training to enable the petitioning spouse to find appropriate employment and whether such education or training is readily available
  • The cost for the spouse who is seeking maintenance to obtain health insurance.

In addition to these considerations, the judge can also review the case for excessive or abnormal expenditures, destruction, concealment or fraudulent disposition of community, joint tenancy, and other property held in common. All actual damages and judgments from conduct that resulted in criminal conviction of either spouse in which the other spouse or child was the victim will also be considered. The judge will not consider whether a party was at fault in causing the divorce such as by infidelity.

Free Consultation With A Tucson Alimony Lawyer

Normally, the court maintains the jurisdiction to modify the alimony award if the parties’ conditions change. However, if both parties agree, the maintenance order and the decree of dissolution of marriage may provide that its maintenance terms shall not be modified. When it comes to your financial future, don’t leave anything to chance — contact the skilled and experienced Arizona alimony lawyers at Dorris Law Firm for your confidential, no-cost, no-obligation consultation. Call us at 520-622-4866 today.