How is spousal maintenance paid?
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 pay is more easily handled in the court if the payments go through the clearinghouse. Be aware that there is a lag time between the time payment is made and the time it is received if you go through the state.
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.
Yes, under certain circumstances and depending upon how your decree or Property Settlement Agreement was drafted.
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 test is earning potential, not the actual earnings, if there was some kind of mischief.
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 with the relevant information and to keep you apprised of his or her current employer’s address. You should consult with an attorney.
Check with your accountant, but in general, spousal maintenance is taxable to the receiver and tax-deductible to the payor.
No. The style to which you have been accustomed is not the standard.
It depends. If he cannot find employment, you may not be entitled to any spousal maintenance. You will have to investigate the reasons for the unemployment.
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.
The following is a summary of this chapter. “Required” means that the corresponding document needs to be filled out and filed with the initial petition. Document Name Dissolution without minor children Dissolution with minor children Legal Separation without minor children Legal Separation with minor children Family Court Cover Sheet / Sensitive Data Sheet Required Required...Read More >