Spousal Support

Divorce is already a stressful process. Adding financial pressure makes it even tougher. There is no legal separation in Texas, but a party can still obtain temporary spousal support while filing for divorce. This means that one party to the divorce may receive payments from the other party, for the purpose of meeting the receiving spouse’s minimum reasonable needs and lasts until the divorce is final.

To be eligible for permanent support, one of four conditions must be present:

  • The other spouse committed an act of domestic violence during the two years preceding the filing of the divorce petition.
  • The requesting spouse cannot support himself or herself because of a disability, and the parties were married at least ten years.
  • The requesting spouse cannot work and must remain home to care for a child, and the parties have been married at least ten years.
  • The requesting spouse lacks earning ability in the labor market, sufficient to be self-supporting, and the parties have been married at least ten years.

If spousal support is ordered, it cannot continue for more than three years, and the amount cannot exceed either $2,500 per month or 20 percent of the paying spouse’s monthly income. Spousal support may be modified or end if the receiving spouse dies or remarries, or there is some other change in circumstance.

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If you would like to discuss a spousal support with a family law attorney, please contact Graham Legal, PLLC at (214) 618-1700.  We offer free consultations.