Effect of Length of Marriage on Alimony in Arizona

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Some people ask us how long do you have to be married to get alimony in Arizona.

In Arizona, pursuant to A.R.S. 25-319, the duration of your marriage can have a significant impact on the court’s decision regarding an award of spousal maintenance.

The impact may affect both the amount of alimony awarded, as well as the number of years alimony will be paid.

Most Arizona judges consider marriages of less than ten years to be marriages of short duration.

A short duration marriage may result in a smaller amount or shorter duration of a spousal maintenance award.

Most Arizona judges consider a marriage lasting between ten to fifteen years to be marriages of moderate duration, which may justify a larger award of alimony for a greater length of time.

How Long Do You Have to Be Married to Get Alimony in Arizona?

Marriages that are fifteen years or longer are considered by most judges to be marriages in the “moderate to long-term” or long-term depending upon how long the marriage was when the divorce was filed.

Long-term marriages may result in larger awards of alimony for more extended periods of time and, in some cases, may be considered for an indefinite award of alimony.

However, most judges will not require the paying spouse to work beyond a reasonable retirement age, so even indefinite awards may be terminated at a reasonable retirement age, depending on the circumstances.

If you have questions about how long you have to be married to get alimony in Arizona, you should seriously consider contacting the attorneys at Hildebrand Law, PC. Our Arizona spousal maintenance and family law attorneys have over 100 years of combined experience successfully representing clients in spousal maintenance and family law cases.

Our family law firm has earned numerous awards such as US News and World Reports Best Arizona Family Law Firm, US News and World Report Best Divorce Attorneys, “Best of the Valley” by Arizona Foothills readers, and “Best Arizona Divorce Law Firms” by North Scottsdale Magazine.

Call us today at (480)305-8300 or reach out to us through our appointment scheduling form to schedule your personalized consultation and turn your spousal maintenance or family law case around today.

Length of Marriage to Get Alimony in Arizona.
Chris Hildebrand
Chris Hildebrand

Chris Hildebrand wrote the information on this page about how long you have to be married to get alimony in Arizona to ensure everyone has access to information about the divorce process in Arizona. Chris is a family law attorney at Hildebrand Law, PC. He has over 24 years of Arizona family law experience and has received multiple awards, including US News and World Report “Top Arizona Divorce Attorneys”, Phoenix Magazine “Top Divorce Law Firms”, and Arizona Foothills Magazine “Best of the Valley” award.