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Modification of Alimony

Arizona law refers to alimony as spousal maintenance. It is awarded on a case-by-case basis under a number of conditions. The primary purpose of alimony is to help the less financially advantaged spouse transition into their new life apart from married life. But in order for alimony to be awarded, it must be proven that the circumstances demand such an order. If the situation of a spouse changes following an official order for spousal maintenance, a modification of alimony can be requested.

A change in spousal maintenance can be ordered if the support is no longer needed or if the paying party can no longer afford to make the payments. A modification is also appropriate in situations where one party gets re-married or if the awarded spouse was given temporary support and has not made an effort to become self-sufficient.

Our Tucson Divorce Attorney Can Help

If you have been ordered to pay alimony but have lost your job or your income has significantly decreased, a judge can decrease the amount of your monthly payment or terminate your alimony agreement all together. Or if the awarded spouse has gotten a higher paying job and no longer needs the support, the judge will also most likely either terminate any spousal maintenance.

Clients should be aware that a modification in alimony is never guaranteed. A judge will decide on the best course of action according to the needs of the clients.

If you have questions regarding your alimony agreement, contact the law office of the Tucson family lawyer to discuss a potential alimony modification today.