Law Office of Kevin Jensen - March 2019

What Qualifies You for Arizona’s Spousal Maintenance Payments? The Ins and Outs of Alimony

One of the biggest changes for those going through divorce is the rapid fluctuation in their finances. This can include a decline in the amount of income they have to budget for each month, purchasing new assets — such as a house or a car — and a new level of individuality in their financial plan. The courts do their part to help mitigate the seriousness of abrupt financial changes for divorced couples by offering alimony — spousal maintenance support payments. These payments are made from one ex-spouse to another, and they are designed to help the receiving party afford a livable environment each month.

Almost anyone can qualify for or be disqualified from receiving these benefits, but you do not have to meet all of these criteria points to qualify for spousal maintenance.

Arizona recognizes that every divorce case is different. These considerations are intended to help aid a decision, not determine that a single thing should eliminate a person from necessary income.

It’s also important to remember that some pieces of your divorce proceedings may be considered in spousal maintenance requests, while others have no bearing. For example, while faithfulness is considered in standard divorce proceedings, it is not a factor in deciding worthiness of spousal maintenance. However, prenuptial agreements are recognized by the courts when granting spousal maintenance. The courts can nullify this document if the spouse who would have been disqualified from receiving spousal maintenance due to a prenuptial agreement now qualifies for welfare or public assistance. Spousal assistance is designed to give everyone an opportunity to succeed after a divorce, but its stipulations and qualifying factors can be confusing. Don’t fight for spousal maintenance alone; find out how The Law Offices of Kevin Jensen can help you by calling 408.632.7373 or visiting jensenlawaz.com.

To qualify for spousal maintenance, the court considers a variety of factors, including:

• What property does the spouse who is requesting spousal maintenance have? • Are they unable to work? • Have they contributed to the educational or career opportunities of the other spouse? • How long did the marriage last? • Does the spouse’s age prevent them from working?

Inspired by Food Network

Homemade Corned Beef

LAUGH BREAK

ingredients

• 2 quarts water • 1 cup kosher salt • 1/2 cup brown sugar • 2 tablespoons saltpeter (potassium nitrate) • 1 cinnamon stick, broken into large pieces • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds

• 1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns • 8 cloves garlic • 8 whole allspice berries • 12 whole juniper berries

• 1 5-pound beef brisket, trimmed • 1 small onion, quartered • 1 large carrot, coarsely chopped • 1 stalk celery, coarsely chopped

• 2 bay leaves, crumbled • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger • 2 pounds ice

directions 1. In a large stockpot, combine water, garlic, and all herbs and spices to make brine. Cook over high heat until salt and sugar are fully dissolved. Remove from heat and stir in ice. 2. Once water temp reaches 45 F, place brisket in a 2-gallon zip-close bag, pour in brine to cover, lay flat in a large container, and store in fridge. 3. Brine for 10 days, checking daily to make sure brisket is fully submerged and brine is stirred. 4. After 10 days, remove brisket from brine and rinse under cool water. In a large pot, cover brisket, onion, carrot, and celery with water. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and gently simmer for 2 1/2–3 hours. 5. Remove, slice across the grain, and serve.

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