Divorce in AZ—Alimony Criteria and Other Details
If you’re planning to get a divorce, alimony is one of the crucial factors you and your spouse should agree on. Before you file for a dissolution of marriage, you must get acquainted with Arizona state laws and your rights. Doing so will help you get fair treatment and end your union on a friendly note.
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Financial support is one of the major items to discuss when ending a marriage. If one spouse has a higher income, a judge may order them to support their lesser-earning partner financially. That way, neither spouse will struggle to pay for regular living expenses during or after the divorce.
You can get one of two types of spousal support in Arizona—temporary and permanent. The type you’ll be granted depends on where you stand during the divorce proceedings. Take a look at the table below for further clarification:
|Temporary Alimony||Permanent Alimony|
|Judges may award temporary financial support to one spouse to ensure they will remain financially stable during or for some time after the divorce. They typically grant them to spouses who have given up their jobs to:
Temporary alimony serves to give the lesser-earning spouse a chance to work on becoming financially independent. It typically lasts:
|Arizona courts allow permanent alimony when the maintained spouse is unable to gain financial independence due to:
The permanent alimony automatically ends when:
Before filing for alimony in Arizona, the requesting party must prove:
- Their need for support
- Other partner’s ability to maintain them
The court will consider granting alimony to the requesting spouse if they:
- Lack sufficient property (even after the distribution during the divorce) to be financially independent
- Don’t have a job that allows them to cover their day-to-day expenses
- Have enabled the other spouse to increase their earning ability by contributing to their:
- Vocational skills
- Have decreased their own earrings or sacrificed career opportunities for the higher-earning spouse’s benefit
- Can’t find employment due to old age
Once the judge deems that spousal support is necessary, they will have to consider specific factors before setting the amount and duration. The courts in Arizona don’t have a set formula when calculating alimony—they do it based on the following:
- Marriage length
- Couple’s standard of living
- Each spouse’s:
- Employment history
- Earning ability
- Physical and emotional health
- Paying spouse’s ability to support both parties financially
- Comparative financial records of both spouses
- Either spouse’s potential fraudulent behavior regarding jointly-held property (concealment or excessive spending)
- Cost of both spouses’ health insurance
- Extent to which the requesting spouse contributed to the paying spouse’s earning ability
- Time necessary for the requesting spouse to find employment enabling them to support themselves
- Spouses’ capacity to financially support their children’s education after the divorce
- Low-earning spouse’s capability to eventually become financially independent
- Potential behavior that led to a criminal conviction of either spouse
Bear in mind that you and your spouse can work out the duration and amount of spousal support without the judge’s involvement. If you are eager to complete the divorce procedure as fast as possible and with as little expense, you can file for an uncontested divorce. That implies:
- Resolving all divorce-related issues yourselves
- Outlining the terms in a marital settlement agreement
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We can answer many more of your questions regarding divorces, be it general or Arizona-specific. Expand your knowledge by reading articles from the table below:
|General Topics||Arizona-Related Info|
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