Buckeye, AZ asked in Divorce for Arizona

Q: Married for 34+ years and husb filed for divorce. I make more than he does and told I'll have to pay him? Really?

I make more because I had to work to support the family. He didnt want to work, he's a musician.

Will I really have to pay him support? He filed, he wants out and yet I have to pay him?

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1 Lawyer Answer
Stephen M Vincent
Stephen M Vincent
  • Scottsdale, AZ
  • Licensed in Arizona

A: Whether you have to pay spousal maintenance depends on a lot of factors. It is not automatic that you'll be paying spousal maintenance simply because you earn more money.

Spousal maintenance is a complex and gray area of the law, and it's much more complex than I'm going to discuss here, but the Courts are going to look at, among other things, his ability to support himself (and they will take into account what he's getting from the divorce in making that decision), the disparity of income between the two of you, whether you can afford to pay.

Whenever spousal maintenance is on the line, I recommend at least consulting with an attorney to discuss what might happen in a spousal maintenance case.

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