Mesa Spousal Maintenance Attorney
If you are filing for a divorce in Arizona, formally known as dissolution of marriage, one of the questions with which you may have to deal is whether or not spousal maintenance will be a part of your divorce settlement. In many cases, financially dependent spouses in Mesa are eligible to receive spousal maintenance, or alimony, during or at the conclusion of a divorce.
If you are filing for divorce and have questions about spousal maintenance, our experienced Mesa spousal maintenance attorneys at the law offices of Modern Law, PLLC are here for you. Our years’ worth of experience, passion for serving our clients, and skill set combine to make us an aggressive divorce team you can count on.
Who Is Eligible to Receive Spousal Maintenance in Arizona?
In order to receive spousal maintenance, a court must determine that a person requesting spousal maintenance is unable to provide for themselves financially and is unable to acquire the skill set, education, training, or employment necessary to meet basic financial needs. A court may also award spousal maintenance if the maintenance-seeking party contributed to the educational advancements of the other spouse, or was married for a long time and is too old to reasonably find employment and become self-sufficient.
The amount of spousal support and the length of a support order is influenced by a variety of factors. The court may consider the following in order to make a determination about spousal support:
- The duration of the marriage;
- The standard of living during the course of the marriage;
- The earning capacity, health, and age of the maintenance-seeking party;
- Whether or not the spouse from whom maintenance is being sought has the resources to meet maintenance requests;
- The financial resources of all parties;
- How much time it would take for the maintenance-seeking party to acquire skills, education, or training for sufficient employment; and
- Other relevant factors.
Types of Spousal Maintenance in Mesa
Keep in mind that not all types of spousal maintenance are same, or rather, not all spousal maintenance orders are for the same duration. To be sure, a judge may order that a party pay another spousal maintenance for a temporary period during the course of the divorce up until the divorce is finalized; may order a temporary order for maintenance for a certain number of months or years; or may even order a spouse to make permanent spousal maintenance in the case of very long marriages or old age. Permanent spousal maintenance awards persist until one spouse dies, or until the maintenance-seeking spouse remarries. This is also true for temporary awards (with the inclusion of payment ceasing due to an order’s expiration).
Of course, couples maintain the right to make decisions about maintenance, and who will pay whom what and for how long, outside of the court. However, when a fair agreement cannot be reached and couples are unable to settle their case through out-of-court mediations and negotiations, the court will handle the issue on a couple’s behalf.
If you are the payor of spousal maintenance, the good news is that you can deduct these payments from your taxes. As a recipient, you will have to report alimony payments as income.
The Importance of Working with a Mesa Spousal Maintenance Attorney
Spousal maintenance can have a huge effect on your future. Many spouses dedicated their lives to caring for home or children or working at low-wage jobs on the side in order to prioritize care at home. Further, many spouses supported their spouses financially or emotionally during the pursuit of educational opportunities or lucrative careers, sacrificing their own abilities to pursue similar opportunities as such.
For spouses who are unable to provide for themselves, receiving a maintenance award is a critical part of being able to maintain one’s cost of living and continue providing for food, shelter, healthcare, and other opportunities. Making sure that the maintenance award is fair, for both spouses’ benefit, is also critical.
At the law offices of the Modern Law, PLLC, we know that if you and your spouse are going through a divorce, things may very well be contentious between the two of you, making coming to an agreement about spousal support very difficult. We can represent you during negotiations and mediations to help you reach a settlement and avoid going to court. If your case does need to go to court in order to settle, we will advocate for you every step of the way.
Contact Our Mesa Spousal Maintenance Attorney Today
If you have questions about spousal maintenance in Mesa and want to work with a professional whom you can trust, call us today. You can also text us anytime, day or night, to schedule your consultation and get answers to your most pressing legal questions.