Are You Eligible for Maintenance?
The court must determine that you have a financial need before they will allow you to collect spousal maintenance. If a spouse is self-sufficient through employment, the courts often do not award alimony. However, if one spouse has custody of a disabled child or a very young child, the courts will take into account how this may affect the individual’s ability to get a job. The courts will also consider whether or not an older spouse served as a homemaker and if this affects his or her ability to secure a job in the future.
The court will also consider the following questions:
- Does the spouse have enough property after the division to provide for reasonable needs?
- Can the spouse maintain a standard of living comparable to his or her post-divorce lifestyle?
- Did one spouse contribute to the others educational opportunities?
- Is one spouse unable to be self-sufficient through appropriate employment?
If you want more information about spousal maintenance, don’t hesitate to contact our Mesa divorce attorneys today for more information. We can help you learn about the tax effects of spousal support, whether or not you qualify for spousal support, and approximately how much spousal support you may be required to pay. Having represented families in Mesa since 1997, we are prepared to provide the answers and counsel you need.
Call (480) 359-1334 today to learn more in an initial consultation!