Spousal maintenance was previously called alimony. Spousal maintenance is based on the concept that it is better for the State of Arizona if a former spouse contributes to the income of their former spouse than it is for the State to provide income to the former spouse. Spousal maintenance is determined on a case by case basis. It is not awarded to spouses that earn sufficient income to provide for their necessities. It is also not ordered when each spouse receives a large enough amount of community assets to provide for their financial needs. If no spousal maintenance is ordered for either party, then any future right to an award of spousal maintenance, for both parties, is lost forever. Whether one may be subject to paying spousal support or is seeking an award of spousal support, the assistance of a family law attorney will be very beneficial to them.