Hello, my name is Sharita Blacknall and I am the owner of The Blacknall Firm, a divorce and child custody law firm based in the state of Texas. I understand that going through a divorce or dealing with child custody issues can be a difficult and stressful time, which is why I am here to help guide you through the process.

Today, I want to answer the question of who qualifies for spousal maintenance. However, before I do so, I want to remind you that if you have a specific situation that you would like to discuss with someone on my team, you can go to our website to schedule a call now.

So, who qualifies for spousal maintenance? First and foremost, the person seeking spousal maintenance must be able to show that they cannot meet their minimum needs with the property that they are awarded or their separate property. Additionally, one of the following circumstances must exist:

  1. The person they are seeking spousal maintenance from was convicted of family violence or given deferred adjudication probation for family violence against the person seeking spousal maintenance or their child within the two years preceding the filing of the divorce or while the divorce was pending.
  2. The parties were married for at least 10 years or longer and the person seeking spousal maintenance is unable to meet their minimum needs.
  3. The parties have a disabled child and the person seeking spousal maintenance is unable to earn income sufficient to meet their minimum needs due to caring for that child.

I hope this information has been helpful to you. If you have any further questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to me or my team. We are here to help. If you feel that this may apply to your situation and would like to schedule a consultation please visit our website or reach out to us via phone/email