Maricopa County Spousal Support Attorneys
There is no right to alimony in Arizona. Rather, the court considers a number of factors when determining whether alimony (also known as spousal support) should be paid or received. At the Harmon Law Office in Tempe, the attorneys understand the factors that go into an alimony award. We also help clients work through the tax consequences of paying or receiving alimony.
Contact us at 480-829-0494 | 877-829-0494. Your initial consultation is always free.
Providing clients with an honest assessment of their situation
Because there are no mandated guidelines, it is important to have knowledgeable advice and counsel when dealing with the issue of spousal support. In cases where the couple was not married, so-called palimony may be an option. Our lawyers give all clients an honest assessment of their chances of receiving support or the probability that they will have to make payments.
Circumstances when spousal support may be awarded
The court will usually grant alimony when:
- One spouse does not have the assets needed to provide for his or her needs
- One spouse cannot support himself or herself through employment or lacks the earning ability to support him or herself
- One spouse is the custodian of a child whose age or condition is such that the custodian should not be required to seek employment outside the home
- One spouse contributed to the educational opportunities of the other spouse
- The marriage was of long duration and one spouse is now at an age when the possibility of obtaining suitable employment is limited
Alimony is modifiable
Spousal support orders are modifiable. If there is a substantial change in the circumstances of one of the parties, such as an increase in income because of a new job, the court will consider a modification of the original support award. Again, our attorneys will advise you about your chances of obtaining a modification of spousal support.
If you have questions about spousal support or maintenance, come to attorneys who will give you a thorough analysis of the likelihood that you can receive or will have to make support payments. Contact the Harmon Law Office in Tempe, Arizona, at 480-829-0494 | 877-829-0494.