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If your Arizona divorce or legal separation case was filed after September 24, 2022, there are new spousal maintenance guidelines that apply to your case. Before, your spousal maintenance calculation was at the discretion of a judge. The judge having discretion over spousal support calculations left a lot of uncertainty for people and created more appeals. Now, there are guidelines for spousal maintenance in Arizona that do not help the uncertainty, and likely will lead to appeals. If your Arizona divorce or legal separation case was filed after September 24, 2022, you are in uncharted territory.

 

If your Arizona divorce or legal separation case was filed after September 24, 2022, there are new spousal maintenance guidelines that apply to your case. Before, your spousal maintenance calculation was at the discretion of a judge. The judge having discretion over spousal support calculations left a lot of uncertainty for people and created more appeals. Now, there are guidelines for spousal maintenance in Arizona that do not help the uncertainty, and likely will lead to appeals. If your Arizona divorce or legal separation case was filed after September 24, 2022, you are in uncharted territory.

 

We provide the guidelines for spousal maintenance on this page. There is still no known spousal support calculator or alimony calculator for Arizona. But the guidelines we attach could help you begin to calculate what spousal support could be in your case.

Some background: The Maricopa County Superior Court developed the spousal maintenance calculator to offer a simple spousal support and alimony calculation. The Arizona Court of Appeals later decided this calculator was no longer valid.

 

Now, what did not work so well before, is back in a different form. All spousal support factors are analyzed by a judge based on A.R.S. §25-319(A) and (B). Moshier Law offers the information we have to help you prepare for your situation. The calculation you reach is only a starting point. A judge will make the final decision unless you take matters into your own hands and use collaborative process. Moshier Law is on the forefront of Collaborative Process in Arizona using Arizona Family Court Rule 67.1. Click here for more information about the best thing most people aren’t doing because attorneys usually find that litigation is more profitable. If any lawyer tells you collaborative process isn’t right for your case, the best questions you can follow up with are:

 

1. When was your last collaborative law case?

2. When were you trained to use collaborative law?

3. What success rate would you estimate for your total collaborative law cases?

4. How many collaborative law cases have you actually had?

5. Are there any success stories you can offer me about your experience directly using collaborative law?

 

If your lawyer cannot offer information that satisfies you, we suggest you review www.bestlegalchoices.com for a list of active, engaged and devoted collaborative law practitioners. All practitioners are independent, different firms, and one of the first solutions we will offer is collaborative process if we believe your case is appropriate. In about 95% of situations, the case is appropriate.