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Spousal Maintenance Updates

Total Credits: 3 CLE, 3 Family Law Specialization

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Family Law
David N Horowitz |  Michael J Herrod |  David B Gass
Audio and Video
Original Program Date:
Oct 02, 2023


Join us for an overview of the new spousal maintenance guidelines and how they will impact your practice. Below are some of the topics that will be discussed related to A.R.S. § 25-319:
    1. General Information 
1. Executive Summary
2. Purposes
3. Effective Date
4. Application
    1. Determining Family Size
    2. Determining Spousal Maintenance Income
        1. Determining the Spouses’ Actual Incomes 
        2. Determining the Spouses’ Attributed Income
        3. Property to Include when Determining a Spouse’s Actual Income and Financial Resources
    3. Determining the Family’s Average Monthly Mortgage Principal
    4. Determining the Duration of the Award 
    5. Deviations in Contested Spousal Maintenance Cases
    6. Temporary Orders
    7. Modifications

Hon. David B. Gass, Arizona Court of Appeals, Division One
Hon. Michael J. Herrod, Maricopa County Superior Court
David N. Horowitz, Warner Angle Hallam Jackson & Formanek



David N Horowitz Related Seminars and Products


David Horowitz has significant experience in all child-related issues, including step-parent adoption, grandparents' rights, parenting coordination, same-sex parenting, and guardianship/conservatorship. His practice also offers guidance with prenuptial and post-nuptial agreements, complex divorce (including business valuation and complex custody and child support issues), collaborative divorce, mediation, arbitration, and court-appointed special master services. He is also a respected mediator in family law disputes and serves as a judge pro tem for the Maricopa County Superior Court. David is a Certified Family Law Specialist (Arizona Board of Legal Specialization) and a Super Lawyers honoree. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, serves on the Academy's board of governors, and chairs its Mediation Committee. He is the current chair of the State Bar of Arizona's Board of Legal Specialization Family Law Advisory Commission and an officer of the State Bar's Family Law Executive Council. David teaches Family Law and Legal Studies at Phoenix College and has been an adjunct faculty member at the Phoenix School of Law and Arizona Summit Law School. He has been practicing in Arizona for over 30 years. He received his B.S.B.A. in Business Economics (1987) from the University of Arizona Eller College of Management and his J.D. (1990) from the University of Arizona College of Law.

Michael J Herrod Related Seminars and Products

has served as a Judge on the Maricopa County Superior Court since July 2011. He was assigned to a family law calendar in June 2014. Previously, he was assigned to a civil calendar. Before joining the bench, Judge Herrod practiced law as a director of Schmitt, Schneck, Smyth & Herrod, P.C. in Phoenix, Arizona. His practice focused on adoption and juvenile law, probate and guardianship, real estate and civil litigation. Judge Herrod received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and German from Austin College in Sherman, Texas. He received his Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from the University of Texas at Austin. Judge Herrod has been a Fellow of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys since 1996. He was recognized as an Angel In Adoption by the Congressional Coalition on Adoption in 2001. Judge Herrod has taught numerous seminars and continuing legal education programs both as an attorney and a judge.

David B Gass Related Seminars and Products


CHIEF JUDGE DAVID BRUCE GASS grew up in central Pennsylvania but spent a year taking classes in Chihuahua, Mexico. He served as a law clerk to the Honorable Ruth V. McGregor before joining the Phoenix law firm of Lewis and Roca, LLP. He spent seven sessions working as Counsel at the Arizona House of Representatives, before going to the Arizona Attorney General’s Office.

In 2009, Judge Gass was appointed to the Superior Court in Maricopa County. He served on all four major assignments. He sat on the Arizona Bar Association’s Civil Jury Instruction Committee and served as President of the Arizona Judges’ Association. He and Judge Pamela Svoboda established the STRENGTH Court in Maricopa County. STRENGTH Court works with victims of sex trafficking who are in the juvenile justice system.

In 2019, Judge Gass was appointed to the Arizona Court of Appeals, Division One. He began serving as the Vice Chief Judge effective July 2021 and began his term as Chief Judge effective July 2023. He is a member of the Arizona Judicial Council and the Arizona Supreme Court Commission on Diversity, Equality, and Justice. He chaired the 2022 Child Support Guidelines Review Subcommittee.

Judge Gass was awarded the 2005 Arizona State University College of Law Alumni Association recognition for outstanding service, the 2014 Michael D. Ryan Award for Judicial Excellence from the State Bar of Arizona Public Lawyers Section, the 2018 Pete Dunn Above and Beyond Award as outstanding ambassador of the Judges in Arizona, and the 2018 Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law Judicial Officer of the Year. The State Bar of Arizona awarded him its 2020 Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Award. In 2021, the Arizona Supreme Court’s Committee on Judicial Education and Training awarded him the Excellence in Education Award.

Judge Gass is on the Arizona Town Hall Training Committee and has worked with Arizona Anytown Youth Leadership.

Judge Gass is a member of the LGBTQ+ community. He focuses and speaks on diversity and inclusion issues. He has been active in many related projects. Several are listed here. He developed a training module to unpack and demystify the judicial application process to encourage diversity in Arizona’s courts. He also developed an undergraduate internship program at the Arizona Court of Appeals, Division One to give diverse undergraduate students experience working in the courts and to encourage them to go to law school.

Most notable, Judge Gass felt strongly that Arizona should officially recognize the Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the Constitution so that we never forget the wrongs done to persons of Japanese descent and their families. He spent five years making it a reality so we always remember our constitution and our civil liberties are fragile and require our constant attention.

And he saves stray dogs on the side.



Overall:      4.6

Total Reviews: 70


Sylvina C

"Level of presenters knowledge "

Sarah W

"thorough easy to follow"

Matthew S


Laura O

"Overall very good. Speakers were clearly knowledgeable about the subject. Was distracting for one of the speakers to be jumping up repeatedly to take a mic to someone asking a question. The speakers should have introduced themselves"

Glenn D

"Great faculty and great materials. Very helpful"

Carol S

"VERY important information and appreciated explanation of reasoning"

Stacy P

"Great job helping to clarify questions about the new guidelines."

James M

"new topic"

Jennifer S

"Good discussion and overview"

Sara W

"Too many "it depends." We really need more concrete answers."