Spousal Maintenance: What Does That Include, and Do You Need an Attorney?
Spousal support might be ordered by a judge during divorce proceedings or upon granting a judgment for dissolution of marriage in Arizona. One person to a marriage might earn substantially more than the other. The lower earner might need financial support for a period of time in order to meet his or her reasonable needs. Either party to a marriage might be ordered to pay spousal support for that purpose. Although permanent spousal support is becoming increasingly unusual, a court may give deference to a party to a marriage who was a homemaker for decades and might be unemployable due to age and outdated job skills.
Factors Considered in Awarding Spousal Maintenance
Hope E. Fruchtman is a Scottsdale Arizona family lawyer at the Fruchtman Law Firm. Based on the evidence in the case, here are just a few of the factors that say a judge might consider in awarding or denying spousal maintenance:
- The length of the marriage.
- The standard of living of the parties.
- The physical health of the parties.
- The employment histories and earning ability of the parties.
- Whether the party seeking maintenance contributed significantly to the other party’s earning ability.
- Other financial resources of the spouse who is asking for maintenance.
Isn’t There a Formula For This?
Ms. Fruchtman advises that some judges might employ a formula for purposes of calculating maintenance, but the above factors and others must still be taken into consideration. It becomes a complicated and confusing process that a party to a divorce does not want to approach on their own.
Every divorce does not involve an award of maintenance. Before you file for a divorce, you will want to inquire with a Scottsdale Arizona family lawyer at the Fruchtman Law Firm about what rights you have in the context of maintenance. You will be listened to carefully and advised of all of your legal options.