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Porsha Williams receives no alimony in her marriage dissolution

As Arizona fans of the Real Housewives of Atlanta know, Porsha Williams, one of the show's stars, had her marriage depicted somewhat publicly on the television show. Williams was married to former NFL player Kordell Stewart and most fans probably know that the couple, who married in 2011, filed for divorce in March 2013. What fans may be surprised to know is that Williams received no assets or alimony after the dissolution. Stewart on the other hand kept all of his property, cars, investments and business interests.

When any couple gets divorced, there are many things that must be determined. Some of the major ones are child custody and support, if they have children; alimony or spousal maintenance, as it is commonly called; and property division. Each have their own unique factors that govern the decision making process. Each also have their own unique challenges.

Of the many aspects of a divorce named above, alimony can be one of the trickier ones to determine. There are no hard-and-fast rules governing the decision, but rather just a number of factors that are used to guide the decision. The factors include, but are not limited to, the standard of living throughout the marriage and length of the marriage, the age and earning ability of the spouse receiving alimony, the amount of time needed to gain education or employment training, the ability of the spouse paying to pay, the financial resources of each spouse and many others.

Not all of the factors will apply to each marriage, but after evaluating the relevant factors, the amount and length of time alimony will be paid is determined. The parties can reach a settlement agreement or they can ultimately have a judge make the decision.

Many couples in Arizona going through a divorce will have to deal with the issue of spousal maintenance. It can be a confusing and complicated matter. Attorneys know the factors used to determine spousal maintenance and may be a helpful resource to one going through a divorce.

Source: Huffington Post, "Porsha Williams walks away empty-handed from Kordell Stewart divorce settlement" Brennan Williams, March 12, 2014

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