When spouses separate in Arizona, oftentimes the higher-earning spouse
will be required to make monthly payments to the lower-earning spouse
for a certain amount of time. This is what is known as spousal maintenance,
or more commonly referred to as
spousal support or alimony. These payments can be awarded by a judge in three different
forms: pendent lite, permanent, or limited maintenance.
Pendent Lite Maintenance
The first form of maintenance is “pendent lite” maintenance,
or a temporary arrangement for the lower-earning spouse to receive payments
during the divorce process until a final decision is decreed by the courts.
This can be paid either in a single lump sum payment or on a monthly basis
for a set amount of time. Once a decision has been made, this will be
re-evaluated by the courts and a temporary or permanent maintenance may
While uncommon, a judge may award a spouse permanent maintenance. These
payments are to be made indefinitely unless the collecting spouse remarries
or is deemed to be financially self-sufficient. Judges rarely award permanent
maintenance, as the concept of spousal support is most often looked at
as a rehabilitative means. In most cases, permanent maintenance is used
only after long marriages or in instances where the lower-earning spouse
is disabled or cannot support themselves due to their age.
If a spouse contributed to the education or furthering of the other spouse’s
career, the courts may issue a limited maintenance arrangement. Exactly
as they sound, these payments are limited and will end after a certain
amount of time has passed or if a certain total of contributions has been reached.
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