Divorce is complicated, no matter how much you deny it. It is physically and emotionally draining and overwhelming; recovering can take a while. Parting ways with your partner is painful and can break you down completely. It can trigger anger, sadness, bitterness, hurtful feelings, or relief. What happens after you divorce your partner? This is the time to reach out for support from family and close friends that can help you sail through these challenging times.

When a couple separates or divorces, finances become the most critical topic. Moving from a two-income to a one-income household is a cause of concern and can likely lead to financial hardships. Even spouses who work at home might need more skills, experience, or education to find a job. In such cases, finding a suitable job that can support you financially becomes difficult.

What is spousal support?

Spousal support, also known as alimony, is financial support or spousal maintenance granted when one of the spouses has shown that they need financial assistance and the other spouse can provide it. The gender of each spouse plays no relevance in making this decision.

A judge weighs in many factors before deciding on alimony. Whether the requesting party genuinely needs it and the paying party can manage it. People are often ingenuine about their earnings and want to extract the money. Remember, the party must request alimony as it is not by default that they get it.

How long does spousal support last?

Each state has different family laws. In Arizona, most judges consider marriages of less than ten years to be short. Alimony in such marriages is for a short period; meanwhile, if a marriage lasts from ten to fifteen years, it is a moderate duration, meaning a significant amount is granted for a greater length of time. At the same time, over fifteen years or longer, marriages are considered moderate to long-term. Judges will not require the paying spouse to work beyond retirement, so there will be no indefinite term period.

If you are getting divorced and want to learn more about it, schedule a consultation with Shaffer Family Law at (480) 470-3030 today.

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