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As economy grows stronger, number of divorces rise

Many more people in Arizona may be looking to get divorced as the economy rebounds. Divorce rates were lower during the recession according to a recent study in Population Research and Policy Reviews. As the economy has rebounded the number of divorces has rose. The divorce rate for woman fell from 2.09% to 1.95% during the recession, but has risen over the last couple of years. Some feel that it is because people can now afford to get divorced. Also, as stocks and the housing market recovers, there is now equity to be had where there was none during the recession.

More women paying alimony to ex-husbands

For many married couples in Arizona, both spouses work similar hours and earn a similar income. However, for many other married couples, one spouse makes more than the other spouse. Often this is by agreement, so one parent is able to take care of the children. This usually means that one spouse agrees to sacrifice their career and earning potential for the sake of the family. If the couple ends up getting a divorce the spouse who sacrificed their career may be entitled to receive spousal maintenance as compensation for the sacrifice.

John Cleese's alimony one reason for Monty Python reunion

Monty Python fans in Arizona may have John Cleese's alimony payments to thank for the upcoming Monty Python reunion. Cleese recently stated that he needs to keep doing live shows in order to pay alimony to his former wife. He is currently ordered to pay her approximately £612,000 a month. He stated that he would like to make decisions on work without having to worry about money, but he is not able to at the moment. Cleese admitted that there were other factors that went into the decision as well.

Music producer's wife seeks alimony and child support in divorce

In Arizona divorces, there are many issues that must be sorted out. If there are children, child custody and child support must be established. Assets must be divided and, in cases when one spouse makes significantly more than the other, alimony may also be an issue. The purpose of alimony is to ensure that one spouse is not left in a significantly worsened financial position than the other. The amount and duration of the alimony is fact specific and based on the unique circumstances of each case.

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?

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