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If you are getting a divorce or legal separation in Arizona, you may have questions about spousal maintenance, also known as alimony or spousal support. At Guymon Law, we can answer these questions for you and give you legal advice you can trust regarding your specific situation. If we believe you are eligible for spousal maintenance in Chandler, we can help you with the legal process of requesting this type of financial support in the Arizona family courts. Contact us today to arrange a consultation with one of our attorneys.

Why Choose Us

  • Our attorneys have been providing high-quality legal representation during family law matters in Chandler and throughout Arizona for over 50 years combined.
  • Your lawyer will always put you first. You will benefit from a compassionate, diligent and committed legal advocate supporting you and your family every step of the way.
  • Our law firm is a member of the Arizona Association of Family Law Attorneys, Arizona State Bar, American Bar and East Valley Bar. Our efforts have been recognized by our peers and several legal organizations.

What Is Spousal Maintenance? Who Is Eligible?

Spousal maintenance is a financial award given to some individuals after a legal separation or divorce in Arizona. It is an amount of money given to the lower-earning spouse, to be paid for by the higher earner, to maintain the recipient’s standard of living. Alimony is generally only awarded when one party has an unfair economic advantage over the other, such as the ability to pursue a career while the other spouse stayed home to take care of the family.

According to Arizona Revised Statutes Section 25-319, some of the reasons that the family courts may grant a Chandler spousal maintenance order in a divorce case are:

  • The individual lacks enough property – including property awarded in a divorce – to provide for his or her reasonable needs.
  • The individual is unable to be financially independent due to a lack of ability in the labor market or having custody of a minor child.
  • The individual made a significant contribution (or sacrificed his or her own career) to support the other spouse’s education, career or training.
  • The marriage lasted a long time, and the individual is of an age that precludes the possibility of becoming self-sufficient.

The family courts will consider many factors during a spousal maintenance case, including how long the marriage lasted, the age and earning ability of the spouse seeking support, the standard of living the individual enjoyed during the marriage, and the financial ability of the other spouse to pay alimony. If you believe you’re eligible for spousal maintenance in your divorce or separation case in Arizona, an attorney can help you fight for this type of award.

Different Types of Spousal Maintenance in Chandler

There are different types of spousal maintenance according to the duration of the order. Rehabilitative spousal maintenance is the most common type. This order requires one spouse to pay the other for a temporary amount of time as determined by the courts – generally, enough time to allow the recipient to obtain the training or education required to get a job and become self-sufficient.

Permanent alimony lasts indefinitely, with no termination date assigned by the courts. It may be possible to terminate a permanent alimony order early, however, if the recipient remarries or the circumstances significantly change. Compensatory alimony is the least common type. It is awarded to compensate the recipient for his or her investment in the other spouse’s education or career during the marriage.

Interested in Pursuing Chandler Spousal Maintenance? Contact Us Today for Assistance

To learn more about spousal maintenance or your family law matter in general, arrange to speak to one of our knowledgeable and compassionate attorneys at Guymon Law. Our founder, Amber L. Guymon, truly cares about her clients and always personalizes her legal services to achieve the best possible case outcomes. We will do what we can to protect your legal rights and future as your spousal maintenance attorneys in Chandler. Call (480) 680-8823 or send a message through our website to schedule a case consultation today.