Alimony or Spousal Maintenance
Moving from a two-income household to a one-income household can be stressful. And it can be even more worrisome when one spouse didn’t work during the marriage and now has to determine how to continue to support themselves and their children following a divorce. That’s where alimony, or spousal maintenance, comes in. This delicate financial issue is compassionately addressed at the family law office of Paula J. Burnstein, P.C. We evaluate your situation and ensure that your alimony amount is reasonable and fair under Arizona family law.What is Alimony (Spousal Maintenance)?
Although we typically refer to this as alimony, the courts call spousal maintenance the payment plan through which one spouse supports the other following the dissolution of a marriage. This arrangement is designed to provide temporary relief for a spouse with a lower income, and it usually lasts anywhere from 3 to 12 years, depending on the situation. Most of the time, the court does not suggest alimony for unions that lasted less than three years. On the other side, marriages with a duration of longer than 20 years may be eligible for indefinite support if the spouse making the payments can afford it.
Spousal support amounts vary from case to case, and in Arizona, the court will calculate the amount based on:
- Current standard of living
- The current income of both spouses
- The potential earning ability of both spouses
- The length of the marriage
- Education and health costs for both the spouses and any children involved
- Health insurance costs
- Helping you and your spouse find a favourable outcome
Not only is Paula an experienced family law attorney with 20 years in practice, she also has a master’s degree in counseling. She is compassionate and understanding about the topic of alimony, and she wants to come to a resolution that is fair to both parties. She can help you determine your initial alimony agreement during divorce proceedings, and she can make adjustments should situations change after the arrangement has been finalized.Trust an Experienced Alimony Expert
Contact the Phoenix family law office of Paula J. Burnstein, P.C. to schedule your free 15-minute phone consultation. During our conversation, we’ll learn more about you and begin to educate you on the alimony process. We can assist clients throughout the Maricopa County and greater Phoenix area.