Spousal maintenance is the legal term used in Arizona family law cases, instead of “Alimony,” or “Spousal Support,” as it is commonly referred to in other states. Unlike child support, there is no formula in Arizona to apply to spousal maintenance cases. Although the Maricopa County Superior Court previously adopted a set of “Spousal Maintenance Guidelines” which provided a formula to calculate spousal maintenance, such guidelines were generally only used by judges to see if their own separate determinations were reasonable. The spousal maintenance guidelines were eventually rescinded altogether.