When a couple obtains a divorce, alimony and/or spousal support is sometimes an issue when one spouse is financially dependent on the other. Based on the situation, courts may order temporary or permanent spousal support to prevent further financial hardship during and after the divorce proceedings or the parties can agree upon alimony agreements.

Temporary Alimony/Spousal Maintenance

During the divorce, alimony and/or spousal maintenance can be requested by the dependent spouse through a temporary support hearing. Spousal maintenance/alimony laws in Texas provide an option for temporary support in order to protect the assets and credit of both parties involved during mediation and settlement discussions.

Permanent Spousal Maintenance

Spousal maintenance/alimony laws in Texas are in place to determine if and for how long one spouse will provide support to the other. The courts will take several facets of your relationship and financial situations into consideration when deciding the need for and duration of spousal support (or maintenance). Some of the common factors include:

  • Length of the marriage
  • Earning income
  • Disability of spouse or child
  • Children
  • Financial need for support
  • Job opportunities available to supported spouse
  • Involvement of domestic violence
  • Extent of contribution by supported spouse for education of other spouse

If you are in the process of obtaining a divorce, contact Deborah L.Thompson, Attorney at Law to discuss your situation and determine if alimony and/or spousal support may be a factor.

Contact Our Houston, Texas Family Law Attorney

Deborah L.Thompson, Attorney at Law is a seasoned Houston, Texas family law attorney and former prosecutor who has the knowledge, skills, and experience to fight for your best interests during divorce, alimony, and child support hearings. Alimony laws in Houston, Texas can be very complex, and only an experienced divorce attorney can work to ensure your rights and interests are protected. Contact Deborah L.Thompson, Attorney at Law to discuss your situation with our Texas divorce lawyer.

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