Spousal maintenance, also referred to as “alimony” or “spousal support,” can be awarded as part of a divorce or legal separation. Generally speaking, it is intended to minimize the economic harm to the poorer spouse caused by the separation or divorce. Permanent spousal support is increasingly extremely rare, usually a transitional or temporary award is favored by the courts. It is also important to note that spousal support is not punitive even though it is commonly viewed that way.

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Spousal Maintenance or Alimony in Arizona

If you meet one or more of the eligibility criteria in A.R.S. § 25-319(A), you may be awarded spousal maintenance or alimony.

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Alimony or spousal maintenance is discretionary. Unlike Arizona child support, there is no precise formula to calculate how much support a spouse should receive. The family courts are guided by the computation factors in A.R.S. § 25-319(B).
Like amount, duration is also discretionary. The family court has broad authority to decide how long spousal maintenance or alimony should be paid. As a general rule of thumb, many judges begin the analysis at half the duration of the marriage, though specific factors can extend or reduce the duration of alimony.

Arizona family courts frequently order spousal maintenance to be withheld from the paying spouse’s paycheck directly and distributed to the receiving spouse through the clearinghouse. This doesn’t guarantee payment, however.

If a spouse or ex-spouse fails to pay court-ordered spousal maintenance, the receiving spouse can ask the family court to find the paying spouse in contempt and a civil arrest warrant can be issued. Our spousal maintenance attorneys can help you enforce your order and collect unpaid alimony.

If you are concerned that your spouse may hide or under-report income, you probably want to retain the best family lawyer you can find. Accurate financial discovery can be critical to whether spousal maintenance is awarded. Your attorney’s skill can make a great difference in the outcome of your case.
Yes, spousal maintenance is factored on the Arizona child support calculator. The receiving spouse claims the maintenance as taxable income, while the paying spouse deducts that amount from his or her taxable income. Therefore, the effect will actually be a net difference of double the amount of spousal maintenance ordered.

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