How Long Do I Have to Pay Alimony in Arizona?

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After a divorce, it not uncommon for a spouse to receive financial support from the other spouse for a specific time. This support is referred to as alimony, spousal support, or spousal maintenance.  

What Is Alimony?

Alimony is court-obligated payments made by one spouse to another spouse after a divorce or legal separation. Alimony payments are meant to support the receiving spouse, who makes a lower income when trying to become self-sufficient. 

What Factors Determine How Much Alimony Is Given?

There is no absolute way of calculating how much alimony is granted to the receiving spouse. Divorce laws vary from state to state, and every divorce case is different.  To determine the amount of maintenance to be awarded, a judge will consider various factors, including:

  • Duration of the marriage
  • The health, age, employment history of each spouse at the time of the divorce
  • The standard of living during the marriage
  • Each spouse’s occupation
  • Income of each spouse
  • The expenses each spouse incurs 
  • The receiving spouse’s contribution to the paying spouse’s earning ability during the marriage

How Long Is Alimony Paid?

There are three different types of alimony:

Temporary support while the divorce is pending: The court will grant this support while the divorce is being resolved if the receiving spouse needs immediate financial help for justified living expenses after the separation. Temporary support during the divorce doesn’t guarantee support after the divorce. 

Temporary support: Also referred to as rehabilitative support, temporary support means that financial aid is granted to the receiving spouse for a fixed amount of time after the divorce. It is designed to enable the receiving spouse to become financially independent. 

Permanent support: In cases where the receiving spouse cannot become self-sufficient due to their age, an illness or a disability, the court may require the paying spouse to pay alimony indefinitely. 

Alimony can also be terminated if:

  • The receiving spouse remarries
  • One spouse dies
  • The receiving spouse makes no effort to become self-sufficient

How Can an Alimony Lawyer Help?

It’s essential to consult an experienced divorce attorney in Arizona to protect your rights after a divorce. A divorce lawyer will represent you in court when you’re trying to negotiate the period you’re supposed to pay alimony. 

Looking for a Divorce Attorney in Arizona?

At Fruchtman Law Firm,  our Scottsdale Arizona attorney has experience handling numerous alimony and post-divorce cases.  

Visit our offices today or call us on (480) 209-1918 and talk to our divorce lawyer in Arizona to start the alimony modification process.