Sun City West and Surprise Alimony Lawyers
Experienced attorneys represent clients in spousal maintenance matters
Whether one spouse will have to send payments to the wife or husband they are divorcing can be one of the most highly contested facets of the marriage dissolution process. With offices in Sun City West and Surprise, Pennington Law, PLLC provides knowledgeable advice and advocacy to Arizonans on concerns related to spousal maintenance. We assist clients who are requesting spousal support as well as those who might be responsible for paying it.
Alimony in Arizona
Each couple divides financial and household responsibilities in their own way. A wife or husband who has chosen to take care of the home and children for several years might have trouble earning the money they need when they can no longer depend on their spouse’s income. This is what leads to the imposition of maintenance, which is also referred to as alimony and spousal support. Several factors can go into a decision as whether maintenance will be awarded including:
- The ability of the spouse seeking maintenance to support themselves financially
- The ability to the potential paying spouse to provide maintenance
- Duration of the marriage
- Age and health of the spouses
- The couple’s standard of living
- Each spouse’s contributions to the household
- Parenting arrangements
If payments are ordered, these factors also affect the amount of the alimony and the duration of the paying party’s obligation. Whether you plan to seek spousal support or presume that you’ll be asked to pay it, you should consult with a qualified family law attorney to learn how the relevant factors might apply in your case.
Maintenance during and after a divorce proceeding
Depending on the differences between the parties and other factors, it could take many months, perhaps even more than a year, to finalize a divorce. Someone who relies on their spouse for income might face severe hardship if they no longer share a home or bank account. To address situations like this, maintenance (sometimes referred to as pendent lite alimony) is frequently ordered by a court to make sure a spouse requiring financial support has the funds they need until the legal process is finished and post-divorce terms are set.
Permanent alimony and maintenance
In most cases when post-divorce spousal support is granted, the payments are referred to as rehabilitative maintenance. In other words, one party is required to send funds to other only for as long as it takes for the recipient to gain the job skills and/or experience necessary to meet their own financial needs. However, there are circumstances, such as marriages of long duration where one spouse stayed home, where permanent maintenance can be awarded. Despite the name, this obligation can be terminated if the recipient remarries, either party dies or a substantial change in circumstances means that the existing terms are now inappropriate.
Modification and enforcement of an alimony order
Financial fortunes can change quickly due to circumstances out of one’s control. Someone who is paying alimony might not be able to meet their obligation if they lose their job. Likewise, a recipient could become self-sufficient due to an unexpected financial windfall or receive assistance with expenses from a new relationship partner. Modifications are permitted if a substantial, permanent change occurs that affects the fairness of maintenance terms. We handle these proceedings on behalf of parties requesting and opposing adjustments, and also represent Arizonans in matters where someone seeks to enforce an existing order. The court can cite someone who violates an alimony order for contempt.
Contact an Arizona family lawyer for a free consultation regarding an alimony issue
Pennington Law, PLLC advises spouses on alimony concerns as well as other aspects of the Arizona divorce process. Please call 623-229-0463 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation. Our offices are in Sun City West and Surprise.