Alimony Law Articles

Modification of Out-of-State Maintenance Order Not Void

Published on Jan 14, 2017 • Illinois

In In re Marriage of Armstrong, an Illinois court held that although the Family Support Act uses the term "jurisdiction," it must be understood as only a procedural limit on when a trial court may modify a maintenance order issued in another state and not a precondition to the exercise of a trial court's authority.

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Calculating the Arizona Maintenance Guidelines Duration

Published on Nov 27, 2016 • Arizona

The Arizona spousal maintenance guidelines serve as a great starting point for a spousal maintenance discussion and negotiation. In this article, we will examine how to apply the Arizona maintenance formula to calculate maintenance guidelines durations under the Maricopa County maintenance formula.

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Calculating the Arizona Maintenance Guidelines Amount

Published on Nov 26, 2016 • Arizona

The Arizona maintenance guidelines were approved by the Family Court Department of the Superior Court of Arizona, Maricopa County, on October 16, 2002. The guidelines provide a mathematical formula for calculating maintenance that can be easily consumed by both attorneys and non-attorneys.

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Arizona Maintenance Factors Used to Determine Maintenance

Published on Nov 25, 2016 • Arizona

In Arizona, if a court determines that a spouse is eligible to receive maintenance, the court must then determine the amount and duration of the maintenance payments. To make this determination, Arizona courts must use the Arizona maintenance factors as provided by Arizona law. Let's take a look at the factors.

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Eligibility to Receive Arizona Maintenance Payments

Published on Nov 24, 2016 • Arizona

In Arizona, upon receiving a request for maintenance (also known as alimony), a court must first determine whether the requesting spouse is eligible to receive Arizona maintenance payments. In this article, we will discuss the eligibility requirements to receive Arizona maintenance payments.

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Permanent Mainteance Awarded to Wife with Sjogren's Syndrome

Published on Nov 18, 2016 • Illinois

In In re Marriage of Chang, an Illinois trial court imputed $575,000 in income to a Husband and awarded a Wife permanent maintenance based on Husband's imputed income and Wife's Sjogren's syndrome. On appeal, an Illinois appellate court held that the trial court did not err in its maintenance award.

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Calculating the Maximum Duration of Texas Maintenance Orders

Published on Nov 10, 2016 • Texas

After you understand how to calculate gross income for Texas maintenance purposes and the maximum amount of maintenance that may be ordered in Texas, the next step is to learn how to calculate the maximum duration of Texas maintenance orders. The statutory framework is relatively straight forward.

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Calculating Maximum Allowable Texas Maintenance Amounts

Published on Oct 12, 2016 • Texas

So, you understand how to determine Texas gross income for maintenance purposes, and you are now ready to calculate maximum allowable Texas maintenance amounts. As you will see, calculating maximum allowable Texas maintenance amount is very simple.

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Retroactive Application of Guidelines Formula Not Warranted

Published on Sep 16, 2016 • Illinois

InĀ In re Marriage of Cole, an Illinois court held that the mere fact that the case was not decided until 2015, after the effective date of the alimony formula, did not warrant retroactive application of the law, and the rights of the spouses should be determined by the facts of the case, not by the timing of the final order.

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Calculating Gross Income For Texas Maintenance Purposes

Published on Sep 12, 2016 • Texas

In Texas, state law defines the maximum amount of maintenance that a court may order. The maximum amount is based on the maintenance payor's gross income. As such, an understanding of what is included and what is not included as gross income is essential when calculating Texas maintenance amounts.

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