How Long Do You Have to Be Married to Get 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 effect both the amount of alimony awarded, as well as the number of years alimony will be paid. Generally, most Arizona judges consider marriages of less than ten years to be marriages of short duration, which may result in a smaller amount and/or shorter duration of a spousal maintenance award.
How Long Do You Have to Be Married to Get Alimony
Most Arizona judges consider marriages 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 longer 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 upon the circumstances.


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Contact us today or call us at (480) 305-8300 to schedule your consultation with one of our Scottsdale Arizona Spousal Maintenance Attorneys today regarding any questions you have regarding Arizona spousal maintenance laws or any other family law matter.