Budge Law Firm, PLLC

Spousal Maintenance (Alimony) Attorney in Mesa, AZ

What is Spousal Maintenance?

Spousal maintenance is a term that means the same as the more commonly used term, alimony. Spousal maintenance refers to the money that is paid by one spouse to the other as part of the divorce decree. The payment is designed to be a safety net for a spouse who cannot provide for his or her needs or who meets other requirements under law. The idea behind spousal maintenance is that the accomplishments of the spouses during the marriage, including increases in earning potential and living standards, are shared and earned by BOTH spouses, not just the spouse who gets a paycheck or has a job.

Spousal maintenance is paid separately from child support and is not a substitute for or a supplement to child support payments.

Alimony/Spousal Maintenance Payments

Spousal maintenance payments may be ordered to be made through an Income Withholding Order from the paying spouse’s paycheck. This means that the court’s order directs the employer of the spouse to deduct the amount of spousal maintenance directly from the paycheck, and then the employer sends this money to the Clerk of the Superior Court. The Clerk records the payment and sends the money to the spouse who is entitled to receive the spousal maintenance payment. Self-employed or unemployed spouses must make spousal maintenance payments directly to the Clerk of the Court too.

What should I do if my spouse doesn’t pay the alimony ordered by the court?

A party who fails to pay court ordered alimony is subject to a judgment for arrearages and collection and may also be liable for contempt.  

Please contact our office today at 480-246-8050, and we will answer your questions.  We provide free consultations.