Spousal Support And Alimony

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One of the most potentially contentious issues in any divorce is the matter of spousal support payments. Also known as spousal maintenance or alimony in Texas, these are payments made to provide financial help to a former spouse following a divorce. These payments are meant to provide additional support for a spouse who has custody of children or for a spouse who cannot fully support themselves following or during divorce proceedings.

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How Is Support Calculated?

In Texas, there are two types of spousal maintenance: contractual, which is agreed upon by both spouses, and court-ordered, which is involuntarily placed on one spouse by a judge.

When deciding on spousal support, a judge may take the following factors into account:

  • If one spouse has been out of the workforce for a long period
  • The age and earning potential of each spouse
  • If one spouse lacks the skills or training to find work
  • The financial resources of each spouse
  • If one spouse spent disproportionately more during the marriage

Maintenance can also be modified or enforced at a later date depending on a change of financial conditions or circumstances for either spouse. If you are having problems getting the support you are owed or keeping up with heavy support payments, reach out to The Gonzalez Law Group, PLLC.

Legal Guidance At Every Step Of Your Divorce

When you are going through a divorce, the last thing you want to do is fight over money. While your children, your property and your best interests should be your top priority, spousal maintenance is an important part of the process that cannot be ignored. With the right legal guidance by your side, you can ensure alimony is decided in a favorable manner.

Our Houston family law attorneys have a combined 60 years of experience and the knowledge to help with your case. We listen to your needs and make sure your interests are always protected. At The Gonzalez Law Group, PLLC, client satisfaction is our highest priority.

Call our Houston office today at 832-530-4070 or fill out a free case evaluation.