When is Spousal Support or Alimony Awarded Pursuant to Divorce in Arizona?

Arizona courts consider a long list of factors in deciding whether to grant spousal support (alimony). The factors, which are listed in Arizona Revised Statutes 25-319, include whether the in-need spouse lacks sufficient property including property awarded to them in the divorce to provide for their reasonable needs; whether a spouse is unable to be self-sufficient through appropriate employment; the degree to which the in-need spouse contributed to the educational opportunities of the other spouse; and the duration of the marriage.

In determining the amount of spousal support to award in a divorce, an Arizona judge will disregard fault or marital misconduct for the breakdown of the marriage and instead consider all relevant factors, including the standard of living established during the marriage; the duration of the marriage; the age, employment history, earning capacity, and physical health of the spouse seeking financial support; the financial resources of the individual spouses; and other factors.

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