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Death and the end of an alimony award

Not every person who goes through a divorce will be able to achieve self-sufficiency once they are on their own. Those who require permanent, ongoing support may be disabled in some way, or may be of an age where they are unable to relearn a trade and find employment. As readers of this blog know, alimony can take on many different forms and can be subject to different terms based on the needs of the parties.

Alimony awards factor in unique circumstances of the parties

The divorce of two Maricopa County residents may cause stress and strain their lives. As they work to untangle their lives and find stability in their new legal statuses as single, they may begin to assess how they will manage financially as they move into the future. For some, ending a marriage with no strings attached may be a priority, but for others economic realities may keep exes tied together past the date that their divorce is finalized.

An alternative to standard alimony payments

Alimony is an important legal obligation that may begin when two Phoenix residents decide to divorce each other. The obligation binds one of the parties to provide the other with financial support, and in many cases that support is paid out each month as a regular and unchanging sum. For example, a court may order one party to a divorce to pay the other $1,000 every month until such time as the obligation may come to its legal end.

Managing alimony when a payer loses their job

There are certain expenses that Arizona residents just cannot avoid paying. For example, if they do not own their home outright, then they are generally bound to pay monthly rent or mortgage payments to keep rooves over their heads. Additionally, individuals usually cannot avoid paying for the purchases that they acquire through the use of their credit cards.

Understanding the end of a spousal maintenance order

Although alimony may be ordered for the duration of the recipient's life, many Arizona spousal maintenance awards terminate long before the individual who receives their former spouse's money pass away. Exactly when an agreement or order for alimony will end will depend upon the terms of the document that controls the post-divorce relationship. They type of alimony ordered and the needs of the recipient party may be controlling with regard to when the obligation will end for the payer.

Building a strong case for alimony during an Arizona divorce

It is not uncommon for an Arizona resident to spend years of their life laboring away at important work that may never yield a paycheck. They may take a lead role in raising their children, and they may take on the heavy responsibility of managing a family home while their spouse works to support them and their dependents with an income. A person may give up opportunities to advance their career or increase their education because it is the best choice for their family as a whole.

What is considered when a court evaluates an alimony request?

There are many factors that Arizona courts evaluate when determining alimony, also known as spousal support or maintenance. In particular, courts look at the finances of the parties to decide if one will be financially disadvantaged by the divorce. This post discusses some of the important factors that courts consider in these alimony evaluations. However, individuals should speak with their own attorneys for case-specific help.

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.

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