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Spousal support paymentThe Texas Family Code outlines several scenarios where individuals may be eligible to receive support payments from their ex-spouse. The Katy spousal support attorney at Hunt Law Firm counsels and represents individuals who are eligible to petition a court for spousal maintenance payments.

Spousal support, also known as alimony or spousal maintenance, is a fact-based inquiry in Texas and is by no means automatic. Spousal support, if awarded, is generally determined as part of a divorce. A judge must determine eligibility for spousal support and the amount.

How Is Spousal Support Determined?

Individuals may be eligible to receive spousal support if their spouse was convicted (or received deferred adjudication) for a family violence offense during the marriage if the offense occurred within the last two years or while the divorce proceedings are ongoing.

Generally, individuals may be eligible for spousal support for the following:

  • When they cannot earn enough income for minimal needs because of physical/mental disability
  • When they have been married for 10 or more years and now lack the ability to earn enough income
  • When they have custody of a child of the marriage who requires substantial care and supervision

Individuals may be eligible to receive spousal support if their spouse was convicted for a family violence offense during the marriage, if the offense occurred within the last two years, or during ongoing divorce proceedings. This may also be true if the spouse received deferred adjudication.

Contact Hunt Law Firm at (832) 781-0320 today to discuss your case with one of our spousal support lawyers in Katy.

Determining Factors in Spousal Maintenance

The Texas Family Code includes a list of factors judges use to determine support, including:

  • Capacity to provide for his or her own minimal needs independently
  • Level of education and skills of employment
  • How long the marriage has lasted
  • History of employment, age, and earning capacity
  • Physical and emotional condition of the person
  • Effects of providing for personal needs along with child support
  • Property that the spouse brought into the marriage
  • Contributions to the marriage and family as a homemaker

How Long Do You Have To Be Married To Get Spousal Support in Texas?

Spousal support in Texas may be ordered for spouses who have been married for 10 years or longer. However, there are circumstances where spousal support may be ordered regardless of marriage length, such as if one spouse is disabled, caring for a disabled child, or the victim of family violence.

What Is a Reasonable Amount for Spousal Support?

Unlike many other states, Texas law limits the amount of support a court can order. The award may not be more than $5,000 per month or more than 20% of the spouse’s average monthly gross income (whichever is less).

Is Alimony Paid for Life?

Under Texas law, the length of spousal support depends on the duration of the marriage:

  • Five years, if the spouses were married less than 10 years and the supporting spouse was convicted of family violence.
  • Five years, if the spouses were married more than 10 years but less than 20 years.
  • Seven years, if the spouses were married for at least 20 years but not more than 30 years.
  • 10 years, if the spouses were married for 30 years or longer.

In general, Texas law requires support for the shortest duration necessary for the receiving spouse to become self-supporting.

Maintenance orders may end before the termination date if:

  • either party dies;
  • the supported spouse remarries;
  • the supported spouse cohabitates with a third-party while in a dating or romantic relationship; or
  • upon a review or future order of the court.

Schedule an Initial Consultation With Our Katy Spousal Support Attorney at (832) 781-0320

In order to seek, enforce, or modify spousal support, it is important to hire a trusted Katy, TX divorce lawyer who has your best interests in mind. At Hunt Law Firm, our skilled Katy spousal support lawyers provide representation personalized to the goals and objectives of each client, with the focus on favorable outcomes. Our firm works to fully advocate on each client's behalf to reach positive results.

Call our spousal support attorney in Katy to schedule your initial consultation today.

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