It is an often-noted statistic that around one out of every two American marriages ends in divorce. That is to say, about half of all couples who choose to marry will eventually end up in divorce court, sorting out the ends of their relationships.
There is a historical presumption that children, in custody situations, will always be placed in the primary care of their mothers. This may have to do with traditional parenting roles that mothers and fathers took on in the past, which often involved fathers working outside of their homes to earn money while mothers stayed home to take care of the couples’ children.
Although alimony may be ordered for the duration of the recipient’s life, many Arizona spousal maintenance awards terminate long before the individual who receives their former spouse’s money pass away. Exactly when an agreement or order for alimony will end will depend upon the terms of the document that controls the post-divorce relationship.
Without the financial support of their parents, Arizona children would struggle to have their most basic needs met. They may go without enough food or may live without protective shelters around them.