Spousal maintenance is an issue that frequently comes up during a divorce.  It is commonly referred to as alimony and consists of one spouse making frequent payments to the other spouse as ordered by the courts.

In a recent blog in The Huffington Post, it gave light to the common idea that after a divorce, individuals should still be able to “enjoy the standard of living to which they have become accustomed.”

In California, their law says that the standard of living for spouses needs to be considered when determining spousal maintenance.  However, it can be frequently overlooked.

When going through a divorce, the standard of living needs to be broken down for each spouse to determine the minimum amount needed to keep up living expenses.

This can be very useful if one of the spouses begins to make more money after the divorce.  The standard of living that was determined prior does not need to reflect the increase in income of the other spouse.

This will help spouses making more money to be able to keep their money earned after the divorce.

Alimony in Arizona Law

In Arizona, the family courts use various factors to consider whether alimony is needed and for what amount and period.

Under ARS 25-319(A), the courts use four factors to determine whether a spouse needs alimony including if the spouse does not have enough property, lacks self-sufficiency, contributed to educational opportunities of other spouse, and/or age may prevent meaningful employment.

Under ARS 25-319(B), the courts use various factors to determine the amount and period spousal maintenance is needed including standard of living, duration of marriage, employment history, financial resources, etc.

Family Law Attorney

The help of a family law attorney can greatly help in determining spousal maintenance.  Family law attorney, Tim Durkin, at Jackson White is qualified to solving spousal maintenance issues.

Call the Family Law Team at (480) 467-4348 to discuss your case today.

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