Here is a quick FYI if you’ve been owed alimony and haven’t been paid.

Did you know? In Arizona, there is a three year statute of limitations for collecting alimony.

The statute, ARS 25-553 states that you need to request a judgment for unpaid spousal maintenance not later than three years after the date the spousal maintenance order terminates. As long as you file within the time frame, there is no limit on how much of the unpaid support you may collect.

For instance, if you have a 10 year award of maintenance that has never been paid that expires on January 1, 2010, you must file to get a judgment of unpaid support no later than January 1, 2013. At that point, you can get a judgment for the entire 10 years of unpaid maintenance. That judgement will be NON-DISCHARGEABLE in bankruptcy.

Here is the statute:

25-553. Request for arrearages; deadline

A. The person to whom the spousal maintenance obligation is owed may file a request for judgment for spousal maintenance arrearages not later than three years after the date the spousal maintenance order terminates. In that proceeding there is no bar to establishing a money judgment for all of the unpaid spousal maintenance arrearages.

B. Notwithstanding any other law, formal written judgments for spousal maintenance and for associated costs and attorney fees are exempt from renewal and are enforceable until paid in full.

C. If termination of the spousal maintenance order is disputed, this section shall be liberally construed to effect its intention of diminishing the limitation on the collection of spousal maintenance arrearages.

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