For your free initial telephonic divorce or family law consultation, please call McGuire Gardner, PLLC today to speak with an Arizona divorce lawyer experienced in family law cases. Our telephone number for Tempe, and throughout Maricopa County is (480) 559-8101. Our Flagstaff telephone number is (928) 225-2597, or call us toll free at (800) 899-2730. You may also contact us online or by email and we will reply promptly.
Spousal maintenance, or alimony, is often awarded in divorce cases - sometimes the award is temporary, and sometimes it is indefinite. After your initial consultation, we can advise you whether your case is likely to result in an award of alimony.
Alimony is money that is paid by one spouse as part of the divorce. It is paid independently of child support, and is not a supplement to, or replacement for child support obligations.
The Court will consider a number of factors when deciding whether to award alimony and in what amount. . The parties are of course free to agree on an amount of alimony. If they do not, the Court will make this determination. The Court may consider:
Alimony payments are typically treated as taxable income to the spouse who receives them, and are tax deductible to the spouse who must pay alimony.
How long alimony must be paid varies in each case. Generally, alimony payments continue for a set period of time. The payments are intended to give the spouse receiving alimony time to prepare to handle their financial affairs independently. Alimony payments end when the receiving spouse remarries, dies, or the time for payment ends by Court order.
Alimony is not awarded in every case. If you have concerns about whether you may be required to pay alimony, or receive it, please contact us today and set up a free initial telephone consultation.