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When will I be done paying my ex-spouse alimony?

Alimony is one of the financial obligations that may connect two divorce Phoenix residents after their legal relationship has been terminated by the courts through divorce. Unlike child support which is to be used by the parties to support and care for their shared offspring, alimony is financial support that one former partner may be required to pay to the other in order to help the recipient live following the marital split. In most cases an award of alimony will end based on the facts and circumstances of the former couple's case and will be discussed in their agreement or award of alimony.

For example, during a divorce a party may request of their former spouse the payment of support after their marriage has ended. The court, upon receiving the request, may evaluate the parties' relative financial positions, the length of their marriage, the help the requesting spouse needs to become financially self-sufficient, and a number of other considerations. If the requesting spouse needs only a little help to get on their feet then the court may order a one-time, lump-sum award.

However, if the requesting spouse is disabled or has been out of the workforce for many years due to their supportive role to their spouse and family then their award of alimony may endure longer. Alimony can last for a lifetime if a court determines such an arrangement reasonable and may even last longer than the paying spouse's death. The estate of a paying spouse may be responsible for support the decedent's ex through an order of alimony.

As all family law situations are different it is critical that readers of this family law blog discuss their alimony concerns with their attorneys. Individualized guidance is just one of the advantages a party may experience if they work with a trusted family law attorney.

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