Jaburg Wilk


How Much Will I Receive in Spousal Maintenance?

Categories: Family Law, Blog

Video Transcript:

Hi, my name is Larry Hirsch and I practice exclusively in the domestic relations group at Jaburg & Wilk.

How Much Will I Receive in Spousal Maintenance?

Talking about spousal maintenance, the great “gray area” in Arizona, dissolution of marriage law. Spousal maintenance has no guidelines. That’s one of the keys that anybody has to understand. So, when a client asks me “what am I going to receive in spousal maintenance?” it’s almost impossible to tell them. And there’s lots of reasons why but I wanted to relate a story. I help teach younger attorneys how to put on divorce trials and I remember one time we were doing this, we had a panel of judges who came in to sit at our mock trial and we had five judges. We presented the exact same case, of course, to all five judges. All five judges had a different ruling on how much spousal maintenance the spouse was going to get and how long the spousal maintenance term was going to last. I like to tell that story because clients will ask all the time. “How much am I going to pay in spousal maintenance?” “How much am I going to receive in spousal maintenance?” and the answer is always – it depends and that’s why we call it the gray area. There are a myriad of factors that play into not only whether or not one is entitled to spousal maintenance, but more specifically, how much spousal maintenance one will receive and for how long.

About the author:  Laurence Hirsch is a family law attorney at the Phoenix law firm of Jaburg Wilk PC. He is a member of the State Bar of Arizona in the Family Law and Young Lawyers sections. He was formerly the Vice President of the Maricopa County Bar Association, Family Law Section.  More recently, Larry was selected as a 2012 and 2013 Southwest Super Lawyer Rising Star and also chosen by the Phoenix Business Journal for induction into the 2011class of "Forty Under 40".  He has expertise representing high net worth individuals who have closely held businesses in their marital community.