A. The superior court has original jurisdiction in proceedings brought by this state or a person who is owed spousal maintenance to establish, enforce or modify a spousal maintenance obligation.

Terms Used In Arizona Laws 25-552

  • Jurisdiction: (1) The legal authority of a court to hear and decide a case. Concurrent jurisdiction exists when two courts have simultaneous responsibility for the same case. (2) The geographic area over which the court has authority to decide cases.
  • Obligation: An order placed, contract awarded, service received, or similar transaction during a given period that will require payments during the same or a future period.
  • Person: includes a corporation, company, partnership, firm, association or society, as well as a natural person. See Arizona Laws 1-215
  • Statute: A law passed by a legislature.
  • Support: means the provision of maintenance or subsistence and includes medical insurance coverage, or cash medical support, and uncovered medical costs for the child, arrearages, interest on arrearages, past support, interest on past support and reimbursement for expended public assistance. See Arizona Laws 25-500

B. Notwithstanding any other statute, actions pursuant to this article have priority over all other civil actions except for child support actions pursuant to section 25-514 or judicial authorization pursuant to section 36-2152.