The question often comes up: does the United States' attitude on finance drive family relationships or, conversely, do family finances drive the United States economy? Or are they separate entities with no connection at all?
While it's difficult to deny that some income inequality exists in the United States, there is undoubtedly some argument on how to remedy it. In an article titled Why the rich are so much richer, the author writes:
Strategies for reducing inequality can be generally put into two categories: those that try to improve the pretax distribution of income (this is sometimes called, clunkily, predistribution) and those that use taxes and transfers to change the post-tax distribution of income (this is what we usually think of as redistribution). Increasing the minimum wage is an example of predistribution. Medicaid is redistribution.
While the jury is still out on the methods the U.S. govt uses to manage finance, Arizona has a clear plan for reducing what I like to call "marriage inequality." In Arizona family law, the court uses what some would call the "redistribution" approach to alimony. That is, Arizona courts asks whether one spouse is in financial need and whether the other spouse has the ability to pay.
If this method that Arizona Courts use seems like it lends itself to spousal maintenance awards that differ greatly on a case-by-case basis, that's because it does. Sometimes, a divorced spouse is subjected to a "post-tax distribution of income" in the form of alimony, and sometimes they do not. Sometimes alimony lasts forever; and sometimes it's only for a small period of time.
A marriage is a partnership. There is a use-tax on this partnership. Whether this use-tax is paid during the marriage or after the marriage can vary widely. There WILL be a distribution of the marriage wealth. The question,then, is... how much?
Hairston Law firm does not espouse any particular political view. However, it does espouse a fair settlement for alimony. For more information on Alimony in Arizona, contact Hairston Law.