Alimony and Spousal Maintenance

Scottsdale Spousal Maintenance Attorneys

John C. Belt: An experienced divorce lawyer in Scottsdale

We have assisted countless clients with alimony negotiations and disputes from Scottsdale to Cave Creek and throughout the Northeast Valley. We have handled innumerable cases of the highest complexity including those related to military divorce and high asset divorce. At the Belt Law Firm, Arizona family law is our exclusive focus. Contact Scottsdale divorce lawyer John C. Belt.

Common questions:

What is Spousal Maintenance? Spousal maintenance, or alimony, is a regular payment made by one spouse to another after divorce. The outcome of a spousal maintenance case is extremely difficult to predict in a divorce; the law is complex and always evolving to reflect changes in society. Courts seldom allow one spouse to receive “excessive” spousal maintenance, and courts are often reluctant to grant alimony at all. However, the right spousal maintenance attorney can argue for a fair agreement that will help you maintain your lifestyle or protect your assets. Contact the Belt Law Firm to minimize your risk of an unfair divorce settlement.

What are the legal justifications for spousal maintenance? In most cases, to financially support a lesser-earning spouse until they improve career prospects. Generally, unless the spouse to receive spousal maintenance is over fifty and the marriage lasted more than twenty years, the award will be for a limited time. In some cases, spousal maintenance may be considered a form of reimbursement for opportunities that were passed on during the course of the marriage. If you are getting divorced and considering a return to school or seek additional vocational training, your family law attorney may be able to argue that these expenses should be part of an alimony settlement.

How does the court determine a spousal maintenance amount? Major factors are often the disparity in the parties’ earnings and the length of the marriage, but the court may look at other factors as well:

  • What was the standard of living during marriage and is it reasonable to maintain this standard?
  • What are the ages, employment histories, earning abilities, and other conditions of the parties?
  • Is a spouse the custodian of a very young child or an extremely disabled child?
  • Can one party pay spousal maintenance and still meet his or her own needs?
  • Has one spouse contributed toward—or detracted from—the other’s career opportunities?
  • Does one of the parties have hidden assets?
  • Were there instances of financial negligence or assets that were wasted during the marriage?

Answers to all your alimony questions and more details about spousal support in Arizona, contact Scottsdale spousal maintenance attorney John C. Belt:  480-837-3600.