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How Does Alimony Work in Texas?

One of the most common questions we hear from potential clients is “How does alimony work?” Most commonly called “spousal support” or “spousal maintenance”, alimony is the legal obligation for one spouse to provide financial support to the other spouse.

Whenever one spouse is the primary income earner for the household, that spouse is usually required to pay alimony to the other spouse after a divorce.

In the state of Texas, a specific set of circumstances must be met for the court to award alimony:

  1. The marriage must have lasted for at least 10 years.
  2. Or, a spouse must be convicted of a violent crime against his or her family.

If you’re seeking spousal support after a divorce, you must prove that you do not possess enough resources to live within a reasonable manner. If you have any children with disabilities that require constant care (so you’re unable to work), you can also seek alimony support.

Many spouses have left the workforce to raise their children. After a divorce, they’re forced to return to the workforce – but after so many years at home, it’s difficult to find a job with a salary level that will allow them the same standard of pre-divorce living.

In many cases, a divorce can cause serious financial damage to both spouses. If you’re facing a divorce, you need to consult with an experienced attorney who understands how to fight for your rights. Call us today at (214) 849-1905 and schedule a free consultation.

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