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Frequently Asked Questions About Spousal Support in AZ

Our Arizona family lawyers discuss some of the most asked questions about Alimony and Spousal Support in AZ divorce cases.  Our experienced Arizona Alimony Attorneys have settled several divorces in Phoenix, Tucson, Mesa, and throughout Arizona.  We offer consultations to see how alimony may impact you and your divorce.  Both the advice and the consultation are free.  Plus, the consults are 100% confidential.  Let our experience work for you.  Get the most out of your divorce.

ANSWER: 

The terms alimony, spousal support, and spousal maintenance are often used interchangeably in Arizona. It is an award paid by one spouse to another after a divorce to financially support that spouse to a reasonable and necessary extent.

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ANSWER: 

There are a few factors that will be considered when determining spousal support in Arizona. The first is that the spouse requesting support doesn’t have the property or income to support their financial needs. Secondly, the court will consider the spouse’s potential for self-sufficiency through employment. If one spouse supported the other during an educational period, or stayed home to raise the kids and take care of the home, this will factor into the ruling. If it was a long marriage and it wouldn’t be reasonable for the spouse to begin working at an old age, support may be awarded.

Once it is determined that a spouse will be awarded support, the court will look at subsequent factors to determine how much support to award. These include the duration of the marriage, earning capacity of the spouses, the standard of living during the marriage, the contributions of one spouse to the earning potential of the other spouse, excessive expenditures by one spouse, the ability of each spouse to provide for the future of their children, if one spouse maintains health insurance, and damages from criminal convictions in which one spouse was the victim.

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ANSWER: 

There is no specific time requirement to receive spousal support in Arizona, but the length of the marriage could affect the amount you receive and how long you receive it for.

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ANSWER: 

If you get a legal separation instead of a divorce, you may still be ordered to pay or receive “separation maintenance,” which is very similar to alimony. However, alimony will only be ordered in a divorce.

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ANSWER: 

Spousal support can be sought by either the husband or the wife. The factors the court will analyze when determining who will be awarded support and how much are discussed below.

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ANSWER: 

Spousal support is based on the premise that it would be unjust for a marriage to end and one spouse be left without reasonable financial support. It is not punishment for conduct during the marriage or divorce proceedings.

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ANSWER: 

The spouse paying support will not be taxed on the support. They also do not pay income taxes on support paid. The receiving spouse, however, can be taxed on spousal support income.

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ANSWER: 

Remarriage automatically terminates spousal support in Arizona. However, past-due and lump sum spousal support must still be paid after a remarriage.

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ANSWER: 

Hiring an attorney isn’t required, but being represented by an attorney is the best way to ensure you achieve the closest possible outcome to your ideal. If your spouse is represented by an attorney, you should be too or risk low or no support at all. Your spouse may even be ordered to pay for your attorney’s fees in the divorce. Some attorneys offer free consultations, so you should at the very least schedule one of these to see what their advice is to you.

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ANSWER: 

Alimony may be modified if there is a “substantial and continuing change in circumstances” to support a modification. For example, the spouse receiving support may remarry or move in with a new partner. They may also find a new job or get a raise where awarding support would no longer be necessary or appropriate.

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ANSWER: 

Alimony will automatically be terminated when either spouse passes away, or if the spouse receiving support remarries. The spousal support award may stipulate that support will be terminated at a certain date. If circumstances change enough to warrant termination of support as opposed to modification, the court retains jurisdiction to do so. The spouse paying support will have to request a modification from the court and prove the change of circumstances through evidence.

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ANSWER: 

If your former spouse isn’t paying their court-ordered support, you should inform the court so they can use a variety of methods so you can receive payment. Some of this include wage garnishments, suspending a driver’s or professional license, placing liens on the spouse’s property, intercepting payments like lottery winnings, unemployment benefits, worker’s compensation, etc., negative credit reporting, and seizing other assets like a bank account or stock investments.

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