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Arizona statute ARS 25-319 requires a court to find that the spouse who seeks spousal maintenance needs it. Then, the statute also requires the court to determine the amount and duration of the award. The award can be either temporary or permanent in nature. Permanent spousal support refers to long-term support which can be without a defined end.
Now a days AZ courts generally award permanent maintenance only to spouses who are unable to become self-supporting; for example due to age or disability. This is true even for long marriages such as yours. A couple can always agree between themselves to provide one spouse with long-term maintenance if both agree that this is fair.
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