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More women paying alimony to ex-husbands

For many married couples in Arizona, both spouses work similar hours and earn a similar income. However, for many other married couples, one spouse makes more than the other spouse. Often this is by agreement, so one parent is able to take care of the children. This usually means that one spouse agrees to sacrifice their career and earning potential for the sake of the family. If the couple ends up getting a divorce the spouse who sacrificed their career may be entitled to receive spousal maintenance as compensation for the sacrifice.

Traditionally the wife is the spouse who sacrificed her career and stayed with the children. In recent years though, increasing numbers of men are staying home with the children. Also, while in the past some men may have been too proud to ask for spousal maintenance, many now feel comfortable requesting it, especially if they need it in order to live the lifestyle they were accustomed to during the marriage.

Spousal maintenance, commonly referred to as alimony, is intended to help the lower-earning spouse get on their feet financially after divorce. There is no bright line rule when determining the amount and duration of spousal maintenance. Many factors are considered, including the age of the spouses; their earning potential; the length of time a spouse would need for education or employment training, the length and standard of living during the marriage and others.

As the current trend continues, increasing numbers of husbands in Arizona may be receiving spousal maintenance from their ex-wives. Experienced attorneys understand the factors that determine spousal maintenance and may be helpful resources as people navigate their way through divorce.

Source: Moneynews "Increasing numbers of men get alimony from their ex-wives" Dec. 24, 2013

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