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Unique alimony concept now being considered during divorce

The goal during divorces in Arizona is usually to ensure that both spouses are left in a position similar to the one they enjoyed during the marriage. In order to accomplish this goal, alimony, which is now commonly referred to as spousal support or maintenance, is sometimes paid by one spouse to the other. The purpose of alimony is to ensure that a spouse who is earning much less than the other spouse does not unduly suffer as a result of the divorce.

Man jailed numerous times for failure to pay alimony

Many readers of our Phoenix family law blog have first-hand experience in dealing with alimony and spousal support awards. Often one of the most contentious areas of divorce, alimony depends on several factors. It is generally viewed as being rehabilitative. This means that alimony awards in many cases continue only until the recipient is able to be financially self-sufficient. However, some cases warrant the grant of life-long spousal support.

Men don't get alimony because they don't seek it

Arizona men who are involved in a divorce proceeding may want to seek alimony if their spouse earns more than they do. Recent data from the U.S. Census Bureau indicates that 37 percent of married mothers have a higher income than their husbands, but only 3 percent of divorcing men receive alimony.

Even rich and famous movie stars ask for alimony after divorce

Divorced Arizona residents may be familiar with alimony as a form of spousal maintenance after a divorce. It is typically given to the spouse with the lower income. Alimony is not typically given to an ex-spouse who is worth millions of dollars. So then why would a movie star such as Demi Moore ask for alimony from soon-to-be ex-husband Ashton Kutcher?

Do you need a lawyer for your divorce?

In many divorce cases, tensions are running high and spouses can have serious disagreements about matters of property division, alimony or child support and custody. However, that is not always the case. Perhaps you are lucky in that you and your soon-to-be ex spouse are on the same page about what will happen to your assets and finances.

Lifetime alimony payments may end in military divorces

Splitting marital assets during a divorce can be a complicated process, but even after the divorce is final, financial obligations can remain. Spousal support payments are meant to ensure that an ex-spouse does not suffer undue financial hardship because of the divorce. While many support agreements have a limited lifespan, some are actually set to last a lifetime.

Brendan Fraser seeks lower alimony payments

While many divorced couples have some sort of alimony agreement in place, it is rare for such payments to approach a million dollars per year. In the case of high-earning couples, however, alimony payments may reach or even exceed this amount. However, alimony agreements tend to be applied at the time of divorce, and financial circumstances often later change for the parties involved. A story illustrating this may interest those of all income levels in Phoenix who are having difficulty with their alimony payments.

Keeping alimony payments fair in Arizona

States vary on their approaches to alimony or spousal support. Some states permit ongoing, long-term alimony to provide for the lower-income spouse, while others prefer an approach that encourages reaching self-sustenance. In extreme cases, like the one in which a man was recently jailed because he could not pay alimony, the law could be said to fail both parties.

Court rules Maryland man owes alimony despite missing his wedding

Emotions run high in divorce cases, and sometimes one party will try everything possible to avoid paying alimony or spousal support. It is important for all who are involved in divorces here in Arizona to fully understand their rights and responsibilities under the law when it comes to the financial aspects of the dissolution of a marriage.

Court: ex-wife's new relationship doesn't put stop to alimony

Last week, we discussed utilizing prenuptial agreements in order to predetermine alimony or spousal support arrangements in the event that a marriage should end. By deciding the terms of any potential alimony payments in a prenuptial agreement, Arizona residents assure that their spousal support needs or responsibilities will not be decided at the whim of a judge.

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