Posts tagged ‘spousal maintenance’

June 16, 2011

Arizona Alimony in a Nutshell

Arizona law does not use the term “alimony,” and instead uses the term “spousal maintenance” when referring to support payments made by one spouse to another.

Spousal maintenance can be awarded as part of the terms of a divorce decree, during the time between filing for divorce and the court entering a final decision, or even while the parties are still married. Spousal maintenance is awarded to ensure adequate income for those who have become economically dependent on their spouse through the marriage.

Spousal maintenance is NOT used to punish a spouse for any wrongdoing and is NOT dependent on gender. However, while either party in a divorce can ask for spousal maintenance to be awarded, the trend in recent years has been to award less support than what has been seen in the past.

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December 1, 2010

When “I Do” Becomes “I Don’t”

I don’t think anyone who says “I do” plans on later saying “I don’t.” But here you are, and there are a lot of things to think about. What assets and debts have you and your spouse accumulated during your marriage, and how will they be divided? If you have children together, what parenting time schedule do you envision? How much child support will you owe or be owed? What about spousal maintenance (alimony)? The list goes on.

We at the Carroll Law Firm PLC can help you answer these questions and more. We can serve as mediators if you and your spouse want to try and agree to the terms of your divorce with minimal court involvement. We can represent you in an uncontested or a contested divorce action. We can help you with a legal separation. No matter what route the end of your marriage takes, we will protect your interests and help you navigate through this difficult time.

If you and your spouse have children, your divorce decree will end your marriage, but it will not end your relationship with each other. As I recently heard a judge say, “A divorce ends a marriage; it does not end a family.” For that reason, you may want to think not only about the concrete terms of your divorce, but what your relationship with your spouse will look like in the future. Think about birthday parties, school events, soccer games. . . . What if your spouse wants a few extra days of parenting time because his or her relatives are in town? What if you need your spouse to pick the kids up at school on “your” day because you have a late meeting at work? How flexible are you willing to be, knowing that you may need to ask for some flexibility sometimes, too?

If you are facing the end of your marriage, please know that we are here to discuss your options with you. Please call us at (623) 551-9366 if you would like to schedule a free thirty-minute consultation. Now and always, we wish you the best.

November 8, 2010


Families are facing so many challenges at this time with the loss of jobs and, consequently, properties that marriages are suffering as a direct result of these situations. Many couples need answers about family law concerning divorce and child custody and child support laws. The Carroll Law Firm is dedicated to providing families with excellent options for their concerns and in helping them to make the best choice.

We will invest our time and expertise in helping you understand what the Residency Requirements are when filing for a divorce in Arizona, what the differences are between Fault and No-Fault Divorce, explaining if Legal Separation is an option, how Alimony and Maintenance amounts are determined, and what conditions make a Premarital Agreement not enforceable. The Carroll Law Firm wants you to know how much we care about our clients. It is not about the number of hours spent on your case; but instead, it is more about finding the right solution for the families involved so as to make these legal disputes as easy as possible.

In addition to the legal advice given, The Carroll Law Firm has other resources available to you. Because of our active participation in the Anthem community, we have formed partnerships with counselors and other professionals who can be an enormous help to you as well. Remember we offer a free consultation to help you get started in taking the next step. Give us a call today to make your appointment.