In Arizona, spousal support is governed by section A.R.S. §25-319 of the Arizona revised statute. The maintenance order shall be in an amount and for a period of time as the court deems just, without regard to marital misconduct, and after considering all relevant factors. A judge will consider many factors in making a general alimony determination, such as the length of marriage, the financial circumstances of both spouses, standard of living during the course of the marriage, careers, education, skills and training, spouse's contribution as a homemaker, and property awards during the divorce. The judge will also look at the job skills and training necessary for the dependent spouse to become self-sufficient for rehabilitative alimony. You have indicated that you make $8K to $9K more than you spouse per year. That being said, the judge may or may not order spousal support, depending on the factors stated above, as well as other factors provided for in the code section. There is nothing set in stone stating that she is entitled to receive spousal support. But it will depend upon the totality of the circumstance. You may able to prove that she is self-sufficient and therefore, should not be award spousal support. Hiring a seasoned attorney is always recommended. He or she may be able to present a case wherein no spousal support will be ordered. I hope this helps.
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