How Long Do You Have to Be Married to Get Spousal Support in Arizona
Effect of Length of Marriage on Alimony
In Arizona, 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, which 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. 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.
Chris Hildebrand wrote this article about how long you have to be married to get alimony in Arizona to ensure everyone has access to information about divorce and alimony laws 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. He believes the policies and procedures he uses to get his clients through a divorce should all be guided by the principles of honesty, integrity, and actually caring about what his clients are going through.