Spousal Maintenance Lawyer & Phoenix Alimony Attorney for Men


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In Arizona, the spousal maintenance statute requires Arizona trial judges to consider various factors to determine whether a person qualifies for spousal maintenance in a divorce. If you do qualify for spousal maintenance, the next questions become: how much and for how long?

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The Arizona spousal maintenance statute requires judges to consider various factors as a starting point for consider the amount of spousal maintenance, and then to adjust upward or downward the amount and duration of the spousal maintenance claim.  Ideally, because spousal maintenance is not nearly as easy to predict as child support (because child support is governed by a mathematical formula that is required to be used in virtually every case), it often makes sense to reach a settlement with the opposing party.  However, that is often not possible because the other party is not being reasonable.  In 2024, spousal maintenance guidelines are likely to be implemented, but at this time there is no formula that dictates the specific amount of spousal maintenance that will be awarded in a particular case.

If the other party is unreasonable, as is often the case, as an experienced alimony attorney focusing on men’s rights representation, I can zealously advocate for you at your trial, whether you are seeking to obtain spousal maintenance or defend against your spouse’s spousal maintenance claim. Call the Thomas Law Office today to schedule a consultation to learn more about your legal rights and options.

Arizona judges consider a wide variety of factors when determining whether to award spousal maintenance. Obviously, the duration of your marriage will be a key factor, as will the amount of your and your spouse’s income and earning capacity.  Other factors regarding the amount of spousal maintenance include:

  • The monthly living expenses,
  • The standard of living during the marriage,
  • The degree to which one spouse contributed to the other’s earning capacity,
  • Whether there are young children of an age such that the parent seeking spousal maintenance cannot earn sufficient income to support herself, and
  • Other factors that address the practical aspects of whether and how much maintenance is reasonable.

Spousal Maintenance Can Significantly Affect Your Future Financial Security – Schedule A Consultation with an Experienced Phoenix Men’s Alimony Attorney & Spousal Support Lawyer Today.

One thing to be wary of is a spouse who plans a divorce far in advance and reduces his or her income over time in order to minimize or maximize the value of the spousal maintenance claim.  As discussed elsewhere on this site, divorce planning is not uncommon, and so every Arizona divorce client needs to be on the lookout for improper actions taken by the spouse who is pushing for the divorce, improper actions such as hiding assets, reducing income, destroying or transferring assets, racking up debt, and provoking the other spouse into doing or saying things that may affect a court’s decision on the issues of custody and parenting time.

As an experienced spousal support attorney with  nearly three decades of experience, I can evaluate your particular circumstances and seek to uncover such dishonest conduct. Call my office today to schedule a consultation to learn more about how I work tirelessly to protect client interests  in Arizona spousal maintenance matters.

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