Explaining Spousal Support
The need for and amount of alimony (called spousal support in Texas) is among the most debated aspects of divorce — there could be a large discrepancy between what you think you are entitled to receive or pay, and what is actually required under Texas law.
To schedule a consultation to discuss your questions about spousal maintenance, contact us by calling 817-612-4298.
Going After Your Best Spousal Support Outcome
If you and your spouse have a prenuptial agreement providing for spousal support, our attorneys Donald E. Teller and Anna K. Teller will assist in enforcing or negating that agreement, depending on your concerns and the unique circumstances of your case.
When alimony/spousal support is not contractually provided for, but is requested in divorce proceedings, it is even more crucial that you retain knowledgeable legal counsel to ensure that your rights as a spouse are protected. If you are financially dependent on your spouse, you may ask the court for temporary spousal support intended for the time between the divorce filing and the ultimate order of the court potentially granting spousal support of a more permanent nature.
A Texas court will consider a number of support guidelines in determining whether spousal support should be paid, and if so, how much. Some factors include:
- Length of marriage
- Health of spouses
- Financial need and ability to pay
- Education and potential for employment of the financially dependent spouse
On September 1, 2011, Texas law regarding spousal support changed dramatically. If passed, the law will allow spousal maintenance for a maximum of three years, depending on how long you were married.
Whether you are the husband or wife who will receive support or who will pay, it is important to seek qualified counsel early in the process, particularly if you or your spouse is a high-wage earner. As an MBA, attorney Teller is adept at interpreting financial documents that are necessarily part of legal agreements involving spousal support (also known as alimony in other states).