The purpose of spousal maintenance, also known as “alimony,” is to provide continuing income to a non-wage earning or a lower-wage earning spouse in order to minimize an unfair economic advantage after a divorce. The amount is determined by an agreement, aggressively negotiated, or decided by the court itself. Spousal support can be temporary, allowing the former spouse to complete an educational program, regain work skills, and re-enter the job market. Support can also be permanent, if the spouse may never be able to become self-sufficient because of age or a disability.


There are many complex factors involved in determining spousal maintenance. At The Law Office of Ronald Kossack, we assist residents of Tempe, AZ, and surrounding areas in all aspects of family law matters. To speak with a lawyer, contact us online or by calling (480) 448-5072.

We help to determine spousal maintenance by considering important factors, including:

  • Wage histories
  • Educational backgrounds
  • Work histories
  • Whether children are involved
  • The financial needs of both parties involved
  • Whether spousal support should be permanent or temporary
  • Whether the award will be subject to future modification


Since 1993, we have assisted families through this process. These issues during a divorce can be difficult to resolve given the lack of statutory guidance on them. We work to help you and your spouse come to an agreement on the spousal support without going to court as well as saving you time and money. However, a mutual agreement through negotiation is not always possible. In this case, we are prepared to litigate aggressively on your behalf.

Divorce attorney Ronald L. Kossack has represented over 2,000 clients and has served as the lead attorney on more than 850 trials and hearings. Mr. Kossack is a master litigator who has a strong presence in the courtroom. He will fight to protect your rights in a court of law, if necessary. To schedule a free initial consultation, contact us online or by calling (480) 448-5072.


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