In the state of Texas, whether or not one spouse will be ordered to pay both child support and alimony depends on the specific circumstances of the case. If there is a significant income gap between the two spouses and the court determines that one spouse needs financial assistance in order to get back on their feet, it is possible that they may be ordered to pay both child support and alimony.
However, it is important to note that child support and alimony serve different purposes. Child support is intended to cover the costs associated with raising a child, including expenses such as food, housing, clothing, and medical care. Alimony, on the other hand, is intended to provide financial assistance to a spouse who may have a lower income or may have been out of the workforce for a period of time.
In cases where a spouse is ordered to pay both child support and alimony, it is typically for a temporary period of time, in order to allow the receiving spouse to become financially independent. The duration of alimony payments will depend on a variety of factors, including the length of the marriage, the age and health of the spouses, and their financial circumstances.
If you are in the process of getting a divorce and have questions about child support and alimony, schedule a consultation.