Alimony Lawyers Serving Arizona
Alimony also called spousal support, is generally defined as financial assistance given from one spouse to another after the marriage has ended. Alimony is either paid from one spouse to the other in installments (usually monthly), or in some cases in one lump sum. Alimony is not the same as Child Support in Arizona. One of the differences between child support and alimony is alimony, if rewarded, is at the discretion of the Arizona Family Court judge whereas child support is usually determined by state-sanctioned (Arizona) guidelines.
Alimony is designed to provide the lower-income spouse with money for living expenses over and above the money provided by child support. Depending upon the circumstances of your marriage, you or your spouse may be eligible to collect alimony. Arizona law does not discriminate with regard to who can receive alimony – either the husband or wife can be eligible to receive financial support from the other.
Alimony Attorneys in Arizona
If you are considering filing for divorce, it is a good idea to have an idea of what you can expect to either pay or be paid in child support and spousal support if you get divorced. Everyone has unique circumstances and an Arizona Alimony Attorney can work with you to help determine what type of alimony could be involved. There are actually many factors that the Arizona courts will take into account when determining spousal support and if it should be awarded.
Factors Used by Arizona Family Court to Determine Alimony:
- How long you have been married
- The financial resources of each spouse
- The age and condition of each party
- Standard of living during the marriage
- Emotional and physical health of each spouse
- Marital contributions of each spouse.