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What should I know about calculating spousal maintenance?

For Arizona couples who have decided to end a marriage, both parties will have concerns about various issues after the divorce. One factor that frequently arises is spousal maintenance. Understanding what factors are involved when spousal maintenance will be ordered, how much it will be and how long it will last are essential to a case and can impact everyone involved.

Keeping records is a good way to stay ahead of alimony problems

Keeping track of how a person spends and earns money is a common practice in Arizona. While once upon a time Phoenix residents maintained checkbook ledgers to track their earnings and expenditures, now most people log into their financial institutions' websites to follow the trends of their money. When it comes to finances record-keeping is an important way to stay ahead of problems and the same holds true with regard to alimony.

Can an alimony award be changed after a divorce is finalized?

Alimony, also referred to as spousal support, is financial assistance paid from one individual to another. The two relevant individuals were once married and upon their divorce a court of competent jurisdiction provided them an order stating that the payer is obligated to provide certain amounts of money to the recipient for a certain amount of time. Arizona residents may ask for alimony when they bring their marriages to their ends.

What is "lump sum" alimony?

Most alimony or spousal support arrangements are structured so that the paying party provides to the receiving party monthly or other periodic payments to satisfy their agreed upon financial relationship. Under this traditional form of alimony, payments by the paying party continue until a stipulated period of time has passed or a terminal event ends the relationship. However, there are alternate forms of alimony, and one of those is "lump sum" alimony.

Standard of living is an important factor in awarding alimony

When the young partners to an Arizona couple begin their lives in marriage, they may face the challenges that many young people do: expensive housing options, jobs that do not seem to pay enough and exorbitant costs associated with utilities, food and entertainment. Getting by can be challenging when a person is early in their career, but as time goes on many individuals enjoy promotions and the pay increases that come with them to boost the standard at which they live.

Circumstances under which spousal maintenance may be awarded

Alimony, also known as spousal maintenance or spousal support, is a common divorce issue that many Arizona couples confront when they choose to end their relationships. However, an award of support is not guaranteed simply because a divorce is filed. In Phoenix a person must request support from their partner and must demonstrate that it is necessary before a court will approve it.

What happens if I outlive my ex who pays me alimony?

The financial support that a Phoenix resident receives from their former spouse can be an important part of the income they need to survive. If the payer of alimony passes on before the recipient, the recipient can be left in a difficult situation wherein they must still go on living but potentially without the money they need. Although all cases of alimony should be reviewed with attorneys who practice family law, in some cases the payer of alimony may continue to be responsible for providing for their ex even after their death.

Does remarriage end an alimony obligation?

Divorce is a relatively common occurrence in the lives of Arizona residents, and some individuals who choose to end their marriages decide later on that they would like to remarry for a second or even third time. As long as a person's prior marriage is legally ended before their subsequent union is forged their marriage may be legal, though obligations that existed between a person and their former spouse may be altered due to the one's remarriage. One of those obligations that may be impacted by remarriage is alimony.

A divorce should not result in financial suffering

While some people may believe that deciding to divorce is an easy choice, for many it is a difficult process that requires them to weigh a number of personal factors and options. A Phoenix resident may feel compelled to stay in a marriage for the sake of their kids or they may simply not be ready to give up on their relationship. For others, leaving a marriage may mean coming to terms with another difficult change in circumstances: a possible modification to one's financial situation.

Circumstances that may lead to an award of alimony

Not every divorce that occurs in the courts of Arizona will end with an award of alimony to one of the parties. In fact, in many cases the parties to a divorce may emerge from the legal process with their careers intact and sufficient assets on which to support themselves. It is only when one of the parties may be disadvantaged and unable to provide for their own needs that an award of alimony will be made.

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