Cindy Best
Why Shouldn’t My Spouse Pay Me Forever?

Many spouses getting divorced are sad and upset. For some reason, those feelings sometimes translate into a feeling of entitlement. Somehow, someway, someone believes that the other party owes you something. The issue with this thinking leads to fear, high costs in litigation, and continued resentment. Let’s tackle the issue of alimony, called spousal maintenance … Continue reading Why Shouldn’t My Spouse Pay Me Forever?

Cindy Best
Beware Of Phantom Equity

I received an email from Chris Carter Kent, a Real Estate Special Commissioner, and I thought it was important to share. Below is the email she wrote and you can visit here site here for more information.    “It’s SCARY to Use Equity as a Bank Account in Divorce! Will An Over-Valued Home Come Back … Continue reading Beware Of Phantom Equity

Cindy Best
Spousal Maintenance

  Spousal maintenance was formerly called alimony. There seem to be more misconceptions about spousal maintenance than almost any other area of divorce. You may have heard that you will get spousal maintenance because your spouse makes more money, but it is not that simple. Spousal maintenance can be highly discretionary, depending on the judge. … Continue reading Spousal Maintenance

Cindy Best
Spousal Maintenance

What is Spousal Maintenance? Spousal maintenance (formerly known as alimony) is a monthly payment from one spouse to another, which is designed to allow for the spouse who earns less income to establish a home and living environment on his/her own. Spousal maintenance is used for an easier transition to becoming a single person in … Continue reading Spousal Maintenance

Cindy Best
What if my husband quit his job on purpose to avoid paying me?

Here in Arizona, if you can prove it, the court will consider the earning potential, not necessarily what he is actually earning. You would want to get his work records through discovery to find out if he quit, was fired, or was laid off.

Cindy Best
What if my spouse will not give me current financial information relating to his change in jobs from Scottsdale to Flagstaff?

You may send a written request by certified mail to your former spouse’s employer or former employer requesting detailed information about all pay and benefits paid to your former spouse by the employer. You may also file a Petition for Order to Show Cause or Request for Expedited Hearing, requiring your spouse to provide you … Continue reading What if my spouse will not give me current financial information relating to his change in jobs from Scottsdale to Flagstaff?

Cindy Best
What will the courts do here in Arizona if my spouse quits working in order to stop having to pay spousal maintenance?

A former spouse cannot avoid spousal maintenance or child support by voluntarily reducing or terminating his or her employment. The court has the discretion to attribute income to a spouse who voluntarily reduces his or her income and to require the paying spouse to pay spousal maintenance or child support in the former amount. The … Continue reading What will the courts do here in Arizona if my spouse quits working in order to stop having to pay spousal maintenance?

Cindy Best
When does spousal maintenance end in Arizona?

Spousal maintenance terminates upon the death or remarriage of the receiving spouse. This is called non-modifiable, but excludes these two situations. There will be a beginning date and an ending date for the payments if you negotiate it and if a court orders it.

Cindy Best
In Arizona, how is spousal support paid?

Here in Arizona there are several options. It can be paid directly from one spouse to the other. Both parties should keep very accurate records of the payments. The court may order the payments to be made through the clearinghouse, administered by the state of Arizona. They keep track of payments for you. Failure to … Continue reading In Arizona, how is spousal support paid?

Cindy Best
How is spousal maintenance calculated here in Arizona?

In Arizona, there is no statutory formula for calculating spousal maintenance; however, there is an unofficial “guidelines” formula that is used by many attorneys and some judges. Arizona judges have broad discretion in determining whether or not to award spousal maintenance and in determining the amount and duration of spousal maintenance awarded. It is best … Continue reading How is spousal maintenance calculated here in Arizona?

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