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How does someone qualify for alimony in Arizona?

We've all heard the term before: alimony. Also referred to as spousal support or spousal maintenance in some states, alimony payments oftentimes mean a temporary -- or sometimes permanent -- tie between spouses long after the last divorce document has been signed.

Just like its cousin child support, alimony isn't always ordered in every divorce. That's because there are certain requirements judges in Arizona consider before ordering one spouse to pay the other. So what are these requirements? Let's take a look.

Who gets custody when a child's same-sex parents aren't married?

When the U.S. Supreme Court made its decision in Obergefell v. Hodges in 2015, many people rejoiced as this effectively made same-sex marriage legal in the United States. Unfortunately, the process of writing laws doesn't happen overnight in our country.

In many cases, state legislatures had to comb through decades-old statutes to determine what applied and what needed to be rewritten. While some states were able to implement changes to their own family laws quickly, this didn't happen so quickly in every state. In addition to months of waiting for legislators to pass new laws, same-sex couples also had to contend with oftentimes convoluted mazes of statutes that, to this day, have left more questions than answers. 

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