In Texas, when one spouse in a divorce action is dependent on the other, a court may order temporary spousal support. Either spouse can request a temporary spousal support hearing when the divorce is filed. If granted, temporary spousal support will usually last until the divorce becomes final.
After the divorce is final, the party seeking spousal support can ask the court to grant spousal maintenance, which is also known as alimony. The amount of support granted cannot exceed $2,500 per month. In determining whether and to what extent to award spousal support after a divorce, a Texas court will consider all relevant factors, including:
The financial resources of the spouse seeking support
In the majority of cases, a Texas court may not order spousal support that continues more than three years from the date of the order. The courts assume that a spouse should be able to become financially independent in that amount of time if the initial support met his or her basic needs during that three-year period.
However, there are exceptions that allow for the extension of spousal support. If the spouse becomes disabled, spousal support in Texas can last for the duration of the disability. The court may also extend spousal support if there is some other compelling reason why the spouse could not become financially independent.
If you are considering divorce or are in the midst of a divorce, a divorce lawyer can help you with any spousal support questions. See the links below to contact an attorney in your area:
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