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FAQ - Divorce

Arizona Civil Legal Needs Community Survey

Civil legal organizations in Arizona are seeking your input to increase their ability to meet the civil legal needs of Arizona's lower income residents. Please complete this survey to assist in improving civil legal services in Arizona.

Encuesta de Necesidades Legales Civiles de Arizona

Las organizaciones legales civiles en Arizona buscan su opinión para aumentar su capacidad de satisfacer las necesidades legales civiles de los residentes de bajos ingresos de Arizona. Por favor complete esta encuesta para ayudar a mejorar los servicios legales civiles en Arizona.

Under what circumstances can spousal maintenance be paid?

Generally, the individuals can agree or the court can order spousal maintenance be paid by one spouse to another. The court will follow the state law (A.R.S. § 25-319) when determining if spousal maintenance is appropriate and will grant spousal maintenance for any of the following reasons if it finds that the spouse seeking maintenance:
1.    Lacks sufficient property, including property apportioned to the spouse, to provide for the reasonable needs of the spouse.
2.    Is unable to be self-sufficient through appropriate employment or 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 or lacks earning ability in the labor market adequate to be self-sufficient.
3.    Contributed to the educational opportunities of the other spouse.
4.    Had a marriage of long duration and is of an age that may preclude the possibility of gaining employment adequate to be self-sufficient.