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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.

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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