There are many divorces in Arizona every year. Anytime people get divorced there are a number of issues that need to be resolved prior to the divorce becoming final. These issues include division of the couple's property, assets and debt, child support and child custody if the couple had children, and alimony or spousal maintenance, among other issues. While the couple can come to an agreement on some of these issues, a judge will ultimately have to make the determination for them if they cannot agree.
Alimony is a somewhat tricky issue in a divorce and one that may be misunderstood by the couple. The goal of alimony is to ensure that both spouses have enough means to support themselves after a divorce. It commonly becomes an issue in marriages where only one spouse works and the other parent stays home to raise the children. The idea is that even though only one spouse brought home a paycheck, both contributed to the marriage and thus both helped earn the money.