A divorce in Arizona can be a very complicated proceeding. There are many issues that must be resolved during a time when emotions often run high. Making matters worse, compromise is not always at the forefront of everyone's mind. Despite this, a divorcing couple still needs to separate the life they shared while they were married. When dissolving a marriage, one spouse may realize that they do not earn enough money on their own to meet their needs. This may prompt them to seek alimony.
Whether alimony is ordered in a divorce depends on a number of factors. However, spousal support will be more of an issue in divorces where one spouse earns much more than the other, and the spouse earning much less does not have the ability to get a job that can meet their needs. It is worth noting that alimony is ordered to support a spouse and is therefore a completely different determination than child support, which supports the children's needs.