Alimony Payments in Arizona
What is the most difficult part of the divorce process? For many couples, it’s the determination of alimony – the amount of money one spouse pays to another.
How much money should one party pay? And for how long? These big questions can be difficult to answer.
However, Arizona is one of the states that provide an online alimony tool for divorcing couples. The Arizona Maintenance (Alimony) calculator asks users to enter yearly income amounts for each party, ages and length of the marriage. With one click, users can see the amount of monthly alimony one spouse may expect to pay the other and the number of years he or she should expect to pay alimony.
Calculating spousal maintenance can be a complicated process
The tool is an excellent starting point, but there may be other factors that affect the support amount. As a recent Forbes article states, “there are just too many complex interconnected parts to the calculation and the calculation must be made in exactly the right way.”
In Arizona, the court will weigh several factors and decide how much alimony one party should pay the other. Alimony, also known as spousal maintenance, is not based on a specific formula. Judges will consider the circumstances facing a divorcing couple and may order temporary or long-term spousal maintenance.
Here are some of the questions a judge considers:
- How long was the couple married?
- What is the age of each spouse?
- What is the health of their children (if they have any)?
- What standard of living did the couple maintain when married?
- A judge also will consider the emotional and physical health of the divorcing couple and will weigh whether a party has the ability to provide for him- or herself.
How an attorney can help with an alimony settlement
With many moving parts in a divorce settlement, it’s not unusual for alimony disputes to arise between parties. If you are going through a divorce, you don’t want to pay more than your fair share. At the same time, if you earned less income or no income, you don’t want to agree on a settlement that leaves you short-changed.
Because there is so much at stake financially, you will need an experienced divorce lawyer to help you with negotiations. Experienced family law attorney Brad Crider can work with you to help you find the best possible outcome. Contact Brown, Naegle, Crider & Jensen, LLC, today to learn more about how we can help you.