Alimony, or spousal maintenance as it is commonly called, is an important aspect of many divorces in Arizona. It also can be one of the most hotly contested aspects of a divorce. If one spouse does not work during a marriage, alimony can be necessary for them simply to meet monthly obligations after a divorce. However, the person who earned the money often times does not want to part with what they believe they have earned by themselves. Because of this dynamic, alimony decisions can be very complicated and contentious.
Either way, after a judge signs the alimony order, the person paying it is legally obligated to pay it as long as the order states. This can be for a number of years or in some cases for the rest of the other spouse's life. Over that span of these orders, the paying spouse may fall behind in their payments for various reasons. The amount they failed to pay is known as arrears.