Spousal Maintenance Needs
The qualification for spousal maintenance is decided by the court as well as the ability of the payer to make payments before the order is made. Alimony is often requested for the following reasons:
- If one spouse does not have sufficient property following distribution of assets to meet their financial requirements
- If a spouse is unable to find sufficient employment
- If one partner has made a large financial contribution to the education of the other
Generally, the longer a marriage has lasted the higher the likelihood alimony will be rewarded. If a marriage has lasted less than five years, it increases the likelihood alimony will not be rewarded. Once a marriage exists for ten years or more, the likelihood of alimony being involved becomes significantly higher and that is even more the case following. Thirty years of marriage! Although it should be added the law in Arizona does not address the specific duration of marriages.
Alimony And Unfaithfulness
If a spouse has been unfaithful alimony can still be granted especially as Arizona is a “no fault” state – hence divorces can be filed without giving a reason and misconduct us not deemed legally relevant to the legalities of a divorce. Depending on the duration of a marriage and the financial positions of the parties, alimony may still be awarded to a cheating spouse.
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