In many marriages, one spouse takes on the role of primary economic provider and the other takes on the role of running the household and stay-at-home parent. In these and other situations in which the income of one party exceeds that of the other, an award of spousal maintenance may be available to assist the parties in achieving independence.
Under Arizona law, spousal support is available only if the spouse seeking maintenance:
- Lacks sufficient property, including property apportioned to the spouse, to provide for that spouse’s reasonable needs.
- Is unable to be self-sufficient through appropriate employment or is the custodian of a child whose age or condition is such that the custodian should not be required to seek employment outside the home or lacks earning ability in the labor market adequate to be self-sufficient.
- Contributed to the educational opportunities of the other spouse.
- Had a marriage of long duration and is of an age that may preclude the possibility of gaining employment adequate to be self-sufficient.
If one of those circumstances exists, then spousal support is calculated based on a number of equitable factors.
If you are currently undergoing a dissolution proceeding and you or your former spouse is seeking spousal maintenance, it is advisable to speak with an experienced family law lawyer who is familiar with the laws and the courts. The attorneys at AWD LAW® have the skill and knowledge to put together a strong argument on your behalf. Contact our office today, and we will meet with you to evaluate the unique facts of your case and advise you on the most appropriate course of action.
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