Understanding Spousal Support in TX
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Spousal support, alimony, and spousal maintenance are all similar words
for the same thing and are especially important to understand if you're
pursuing a divorce. Whether you're the spouse in need of support,
or the one being ordered to pay, Texas courts uphold certain rules that
you will be expected to follow.
Most couples tend to assume that the man will be required to pay spousal
support, but this is not always the case. Our firm can give you the legal
counsel you need to reach a favorable outcome, no matter what your circumstances.
With our Hidalgo County divorce attorney on your side, you can file for
divorce confidently, knowing your rights and best interests will be cared for.
When does the court order spousal support?
There are numerous deciding factors that play into whether or not a court
will deem spousal support necessary. Several things can influence this,
such as any problems of family violence, physical disabilities, or even
child custody. The court always begins by assuming that spousal support is
not necessary. Because of this assumption, one spouse will have to prove that
they need support and have made an effort to earn an income on their own.
After establishing the need for support, the court will then settle on
Any of the following factors may sway their decision:
- Financial resources of both spouse
- Whether or not children are involved
- Each spouse's financial contributions during the marriage
- The length of the marriage
- The health and earning ability of each spouse
- If either spouse was a homemaker during the marriage
The length of a spousal support order is also regulated by Texas law. The
maximum amount of time is 10 years and the minimum amount of time is 5
years. Only when there is a physical or mental disability does spousal
support last indefinitely.
As you can see, there is a great deal of consideration involved in spousal
support orders. Many spouses suffer negative consequences that can significantly
impact their future without the legal guidance of an attorney, so call our firm!
Our Hidalgo County divorce attorney would be happy to discuss your needs
during a complimentary consultation.
Contact Armando M. Guerra & Associates, PLLC right away!