If the Divorce was My Fault, do I Have to Pay Spousal Maintenance?
No. Arizona is a “no fault” divorce state, which means the court doesn’t consider marital misconduct when deciding whether to award, or not to award, spousal maintenance. Whatever fault there may have been — infidelity, alcoholism, gambling, drug problems — it is not a factor in awarding support. Which spouse initiated the divorce has no bearing on the court’s decision to award maintenance either. A.R.S. § 25-319 requires a two-part test to determine the appropriateness of maintenance in every family law case.