Mesa Spousal Maintenance Lawyer
Trusted Alimony Attorney for 10+ Years
Spousal maintenance, also known as alimony, is a court-ordered payment
program that requires one former spouse to make monthly payments to the
other. In most circumstances, spousal maintenance is not a permanent condition
and will be suspended after a specified amount of time. Even in dual-income
households, one spouse is generally more financially dependent than the
other. As such, the purpose of spousal maintenance is to ensure that the
lower-earning spouse is sufficiently provided for following a divorce.
At Bastian Law Offices, PLC, our
Mesa divorce attorney has been helping divorcing couples resolve spousal maintenance issues
for more than 10 years. Our firm focuses exclusively on practicing
family law, which means that we can dedicate our full efforts on refining our knowledge
and skills in this area of practice. We work hard to shield you from as
much stress as possible, so you can concentrate on moving forward to the
next chapter of your life.
Determine whether you are eligible for spousal maintenance in our
How are spousal maintenance terms determined?
child support payments—which employ a standardized formula for establishing terms—spousal
maintenance is far more discretionary. This is why securing the representation
of a competent divorce attorney is extremely important. The ability of
your lawyer will have a huge impact on whether or not you receive alimony
payments, and the amount. Generally speaking, spousal maintenance is not
awarded for marriages lasting less than five years.
Arizona law considers 4 factors to determine whether or not to award alimony:
- Does the applying spouse lack sufficient property to meet their needs?
- Is the applying spouse unable to earn a living wage?
- Did the applying spouse contribute to the other's educational advancement?
- Does the applying spouse's advanced age prevent a new career path?
Spousal maintenance is not intended to punish a spouse for marital misbehavior.
Rather, it exists to help the more financially dependent spouse maintain
a comparable standard of living. Payments may include expenses for job
training or college and will continue for as long as it will take the
applying spouse to become self-sufficient. Alimony can also be prematurely
suspended if there has been a significant change in income.
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Whether you are seeking to apply for spousal maintenance or want to defend
against your spouse's claim, we can help guide you with our seasoned
knowledge and honest advice. We will listen to your needs, work closely
with you to create an effective plan, and make sure you are updated on
the status of your case, every step of the way.
For a spousal maintenance consultation,
call Bastian Law Offices, PLC today.