Alimony, termed spousal support in some states, is awarded if one divorcing spouse earns significantly more than the other. The court also looks at the standard of living during the marriage and the future earning capacity of the spouse receiving alimony.
Divorce is an emotional time, so it is in your best interest to use the services of a Mesa family law lawyer to handle the alimony issue. The lawyer handling the divorce may be able to negotiate a realistic resolution to whether alimony will be paid or received.
In legal practice, experience matters. An experienced attorney will likely have handled issues similar to yours many, many times. Therefore, after listening to your situation, the attorney should have a reasonable idea of the time line for a case like yours and the likely resolution.
Pro se – This Latin term refers to representing yourself in court instead of hiring professional legal counsel. Pro se representation can occur in either criminal or civil cases.
Statute – Refers to a law created by a legislative body. For example, the laws enacted by Congress are statutes.
Subject matter jurisdiction – Requirement that a particular court have authority to hear the claim based on the specific type of issue brought to the court. For example, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court only has subject matter jurisdiction over bankruptcy filings, therefore it does not have the authority to render binding judgment over other types of cases, such as divorce.