Alimony or Spousal Maintenance – Phoenix Divorce Lawyers
Phoenix Divorce Lawyers Helping Individuals Receive Spousal Maintenance
Divorce is a life changing event for everyone involved. Depending upon your individual circumstances, you might lose the financial support of the primary breadwinner following a divorce, be forced to move from the family home, share time with your children, and divide possessions. Recognizing the serious shifts that so often accompany a divorce, the Arizona legislature has adopted the concept of alimony or spousal maintenance. Alimony is defined as ongoing payments from one spouse to the other. The intent of spousal maintenance is to make the divorce as equitable and fair as possible.
Alimony can be viewed as a way to level the playing field following a divorce. Often, throughout a marriage, one spouse will sacrifice professional or educational opportunities for the benefit of the household. For instance, a couple may elect to have one spouse stay home with the children while the other pursues a higher paying job. If the couple divorces, the stay at home spouse will be at a disadvantage as he or she will have fewer professional opportunities due to the sacrifice made during the marriage. In this and other similar cases, a court could issue an award of alimony to the former stay at home spouse until that spouse can adequately support him or herself.
The divorce attorneys at Reppucci & Roeder understand how much an award of alimony can mean to your family moving forward. We will aggressively pursue your desired spousal maintenance award so that you can start your new life in the best possible economic position.
Types of Alimony in Arizona
- Temporary or pendent lite: Temporary alimony is granted at the court’s discretion during the divorce proceedings. It is intended to provide for the immediate needs of the party during the divorce. Typically, it will terminate once the divorce becomes final. However, the judge could award temporary maintenance after the divorce becomes final for a period of time.
- Permanent alimony: Permanent alimony may be granted for a period of time that the court deems necessary. The award of this type of alimony has become increasingly rare. It is usually reserved for spouses with long term needs and generally only awarded when the marriage was lengthy.
Alimony in Arizona is complex and much discretion is left to the court in determining the amount and length of any alimony award. The court has the power to order a lump sum payment or periodic payments. In addition to temporary and permanent alimony, the court could also order reimbursement alimony, in which a spouse who contributed to the advanced education of the other is reimbursed.
In any divorce, couples also have the option to negotiate their own award of alimony. Divorce settlements could include agreement as to an alimony sum, sometimes in exchange for a property division arrangement that benefits the compromising party. In a divorce settlement, you are in control of dictating and agreeing on a reasonable alimony award.
Reppucci & Roeder: Phoenix Divorce Attorneys Helping You Obtain Alimony
If you are considering a divorce and concerned about receiving alimony, the Phoenix Divorce Lawyers at Reppucci & Roeder can help. We understand the complex Arizona alimony laws and will fight for the award of spousal maintenance to which you are entitled. Our years of experience handling divorce cases have earned us an “A” rating with the Better Business Bureau and a reputation for excellence throughout the Phoenix community. The divorce lawyers at Reppucci & Roeder are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to answer your questions concerning orders of protection. Call the Arizona divorce lawyers of Reppucci & Roeder today at (480) 300-6012 to schedule your free initial consultation.