Divorce Attorneys Helping Spouses in Dallas, Rockwall, and Collin County with Alimony Issues
At The Blacknall Firm, we understand that divorce can be a difficult and stressful time. One of the many issues that arise during a divorce is the issue of alimony, also known as spousal support. If you are going through a divorce in Texas, it is important to understand the laws regarding alimony.
What Is Alimony?
Alimony is a court-ordered payment from one spouse to the other to provide financial support after a divorce. Alimony is typically paid by the spouse with higher income to the spouse with lower income. Alimony can be ordered to be paid in a lump sum or in regular payments over a period of time.
How Is Alimony Determined in Texas?
In Texas, alimony is not automatic and is only awarded in certain situations. The court will consider a number of factors when determining whether to award alimony, including:
- The length of the marriage
- The earning capacity of each spouse
- The education and employment history of each spouse
- The age, health, and physical condition of each spouse
- The financial resources and debts of each spouse
The court will also consider any evidence of adultery or cruel treatment by either spouse when determining whether to award alimony.
Types of Alimony in Texas
There are two types of alimony in Texas: temporary spousal support and spousal maintenance.
Temporary spousal support is awarded during the pendency of the divorce proceedings and is intended to provide financial support to the lower-income spouse during the divorce process.
Spousal maintenance is awarded after the divorce is finalized and is intended to provide long-term financial support to the lower-income spouse. To be eligible for spousal maintenance, the lower-income spouse must show that they lack sufficient property to meet their minimum reasonable needs and that they have been married for at least ten years or have been the victim of domestic violence.
Contact The Blacknall Firm for Help with Alimony in Texas
Alimony can be a complex and contentious issue during a divorce. At The Blacknall Firm, our experienced family law attorneys can help you understand your legal rights and obligations regarding alimony in Texas.
We will work with you to determine the best legal strategy for your specific situation and provide you with the personalized legal representation you need during this difficult time. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn more about how we can help you with alimony and other family law issues in Texas.