Securing Spousal Support And Alimony
When a couple gets a divorce, spousal support − also known as alimony or spousal maintenance − is available in Texas only in certain specific circumstances.
There are often numerous factors to consider. At Short Law Firm, PC, I can tell you where you stand, whether you’re seeking or opposing an order for spousal support. I serve clients in Collin County, the Dallas Metroplex and throughout North Texas.
Factors Affecting Spousal Support
The Texas Family Code sets forth several factors that affect whether a divorcing spouse is required to pay support. These include:
- Duration of the marriage
- Amount of other property owned by the spouse seeking support
- Earning ability of the spouse seeking support, which may be affected by disability or lack of current marketable skills
So, for example, in a marriage of long duration where one spouse lacks sufficient property and/or earning ability, spousal support may be in order. But the court will still consider the amount carefully, balancing numerous factors, including not only how much to award, but also how long the award should last.
No matter which side of this situation you may be on, I can help. I have the experience with Texas family law needed to fully safeguard your rights and interests until the matter is resolved.
Spousal support payments can also be made part of a voluntary agreement between an ex-husband and an ex-wife. If you and your ex-partner are interested in pursuing this type of agreement, I can guide you through the process of setting it up in the way that is most efficient and effective for your circumstances.