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During the divorce process, the court may award alimony, also known as spousal support, to the spouse who earns less money or has less earning potential following the divorce. Courts have broad discretion in awarding alimony, but it may be awarded based on a settlement agreement between the couple requiring alimony payments. Alimony is usually paid monthly and is used to limit any unfair economic effects of a divorce by providing income to continue the non-or-lower-wage-earning spouse’s standard of living.

There are several different factors taken into consideration in determining the amount and length of time of alimony paid, such as the characteristics of the spouse, the couple’s standard of living during the marriage, the length of marriage, and the ability of the wealthier spouse to support the recipient. Because of the complexity of the alimony calculation, it is recommended that individuals going through the divorce process get assistance from a Phoenix Family Law attorney.


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How to Calculate Spousal Support Owed In Arizona

One of the first questions you may think about if you are getting a divorce in Arizona is how much spousal support you owe or how much you are entitled to.

Generally, there is no definitive formula that will precisely determine how much spousal support is owed. The amounts will differ for different people depending upon a wide range of factors.

Here is a look at some common factors a court will consider when calculating spousal support owed:

Attorneys Cite Facebook, Match.com in Divorce Cases

It's not a good idea to post too much on Facebook or Twitter if you're going through a divorce. Remember, social media can be quite revealing. And the last thing you want is to reveal more than you need to. It can be used against you as evidence.

According to a recent survey by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML), 64 percent of respondents said they've cited Match.com as a source of evidence in divorce cases.

What Is a Financial Affidavit in a Divorce?

Do you know what a financial affidavit is?

Financial information is sensitive and very important when going through a divorce. A financial affidavit is just one of many numerous documents that you may need in a divorce proceeding.

First off, an affidavit is a sworn statement made under oath. It's usually in writing.

A recent Forbes article talked about financial affidavits and what women should know about them. Why is this particularly important for women?

Figuring Out Alimony and the Factors Courts Consider

If you're getting a divorce, or even just considering it, you've probably also thought about alimony. How much will it be, and what factors will the court consider in its decision?

We can't help much with the first question, as alimony calculations depend almost entirely on your personal situation. But we can help with the second.

While the outcome differs depending on finances, the questions courts ask are generally the same all over Arizona. Here are some of the more common factors:

How Does Child Support Affect Your Taxes?

Those W-2s are rolling in, which means it's time to start thinking about filing your taxes. For those paying child support, that means an added layer of complexity.

Sure, April 15 is still a few months away, but waiting until the last minute isn't going to help you maximize your tax benefit.

You know what will? Understanding how child support will affect your tax burden. It's not exactly a tax deduction, but it's nothing to sneeze at either.

After three years of marriage, actress Zooey Deschanel and her musician husband Ben Gibbard are calling it quits.

The star of Fox's "New Girl" filed for divorce nearly a year ago, citing "irreconcilable differences" as the reason for the break up. The split became official last week when a judge signed off on the divorce decree, according to TMZ.

After seven years, Danica Patrick's marriage has apparently hit the skids. The NASCAR driver announced Tuesday that she and her husband Paul Hospenthal are getting divorced, The Washington Post reports.

When celebrities divorce, you have to wonder, "Was there a prenup?" If not, Hospenthal could receive a big cut of Patrick's winnings and endorsement money.

When a marriage ends, more often than not one spouse is left with the short end of the stick, financially speaking. For example, a wife who dedicates her time to raising children may lack a career or education to fall back on once the marriage is over. That's why we have spousal support.

In general, spousal support, aka alimony, is meant to correct the unfair economic effects of divorce. If you've gone through or are going through a divorce, you should take a look at FindLaw's free Guide to Spousal Support to get an idea of what spousal support covers and how you can obtain it.

Below, we've outlined just a few of the areas covered in the guide.

While Facebook is a great way to connect with people, it may also be a good way to burn bridges, according to a new study.

A study by Divorce Online, a legal services firm, found that over a third of divorce filings last year contained the word “Facebook,” Smart Money reports. Is it a coincidence, or does Facebook somehow make infidelity more convenient?

Dennis Rodman Broke, Owes $800K in Support Payments

Dennis Rodman is back in the news. But this time, it’s not for doing something flamboyant or wild. Well, unless you consider owing over $800,000 in child and spousal support payments “wild.”

After his divorce from Michelle Rodman, his third wife, Dennis Rodman apparently owes a wild amount in unpaid child support and could face jail time in California, reports the Washington Post.