As part of a divorce settlement, estranged spouses in Texas may receive alimony. Alimony payments are determined based on a number of factors including the length of the marriage and a person's ability to pay. The age and health of those involved in a divorce will also play a role in determining how much spousal support a person receives. A judge may also consider whether a spouse has any assets or children to support.
In some cases, an individual will receive maintenance payments on a temporary basis. During this period of time, the person receiving payments is expected to look for work or otherwise take steps to become financially stable. Once an order is issued, it may be modified if circumstances change. Payments can also come to an end for a variety of reasons. For instance, if a recipient gets remarried, there is usually no need for the payer to continue to provide support.
Courts do have tools at their disposal to ensure that payments are made as required. As part of a divorce settlement, an individual may be required to purchase life insurance or an annuity. A disability insurance policy may also be required to ensure that payments are made if the person making them can no longer work.
Alimony payments are designed to help a spouse with fewer assets or job skills survive after the end of a marriage. These payments may be made temporarily or permanently depending on the circumstances of a divorce. An attorney may help an individual obtain as much spousal support as possible, and legal counsel may also help an individual obtain a larger share of marital assets.