Alimony and Spousal Support in Texas

Understanding alimony and spousal support is crucial for anyone going through a divorce in Texas. This guide provides essential information on these topics, including the differences between them, when they're awarded, and how America Family Law Center can help you navigate these issues.

What is Alimony?

Alimony, often known as spousal maintenance, is a legal obligation to provide financial support to a spouse after separation or divorce. It's intended to prevent the lower-wage earning or non-wage earning spouse from experiencing drastic financial changes post-divorce. It is a complex issue often determined through court orders and can be temporary or permanent, depending on various factors (Justia).

What is Spousal Support?

Spousal support, or contractual alimony, is a voluntary agreement between spouses for one to support the other financially after divorce. Unlike alimony, spousal support isn't decided by the court but is a part of the couple's divorce agreement. The terms, including the amount and duration of support, are typically negotiated between parties (Wikipedia).

The Difference Between Alimony and Spousal Support

Although the terms "alimony" and "spousal support" are often used interchangeably, they represent different concepts in Texas law. Alimony is a court-ordered financial provision, while spousal support is an agreed-upon obligation between spouses included in their divorce agreement (Texas Courts).

When Does Texas Allow a Spouse to Get Either Spousal Support or Alimony?

Under Texas law, alimony or spousal support is allowed under specific circumstances, such as when the spouse seeking support can't earn a sufficient income due to disability, is the custodian of a child who requires special care, or the marriage lasted for at least ten years (Texas Statutes).

Minimum Marriage Duration for Alimony or Spousal Support in Texas

In Texas, a spouse may qualify for alimony if the marriage lasted at least ten years and they can't provide for their "minimum reasonable needs" (Texas Attorney General).

Alimony or Spousal Support in Common Law Marriages

Texas recognizes common-law marriages, and thus, alimony or spousal support may be granted in cases of common-law divorce. However, the couple must have agreed to be married, lived together in Texas as a married couple, and presented themselves to others as married (Texas Attorney General).

America Family Law Center: A Leader in Alimony and Spousal Support Assistance

America Family Law Center is a recognized leader in offering legal assistance on issues relating to alimony and spousal support. Our team is experienced in providing essential guidance and legal services to individuals seeking to understand their rights and options concerning financial support after a divorce.

Our legal team at America Family Law Center possesses expertise with alimony and spousal support. We help you understand your circumstances, offer clear guidance, and assist you in navigating the complexities of these issues.

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Do not let the complexity of alimony and spousal support overwhelm you. Contact America Family Law Center to help resolve your situation. We are here to assist and guide you every step of the way.


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