In the process of divorce, spousal support, often referred to as “alimony,” is a crucial issue that can significantly impact your financial well-being post-divorce. At the Law Office of Bryan Fagan, we understand the intricacies of spousal support laws in Texas and are here to help you navigate this challenging terrain.
Understanding Spousal Support in Texas
Spousal support is financial assistance provided by one spouse to the other during or after a divorce. In Texas, there are two main types of spousal support:
1. Temporary Spousal Support: This type of support is typically awarded during the divorce process. It’s intended to help the lower-earning spouse maintain their standard of living while the divorce is pending.
2. Spousal Maintenance: Spousal maintenance, similar to traditional alimony, is support awarded after the divorce is finalized. It is usually based on factors such as the duration of the marriage, the recipient spouse’s financial needs, and the paying spouse’s ability to provide support.
Factors Considered in Spousal Support Decisions
In Texas, courts consider various factors when determining spousal support awards, including:
– The length of the marriage.
– Each spouse’s ability to support themselves.
– Any history of family violence.
– The financial and non-financial contributions of each spouse to the marriage.
– The education, skills, and employment history of both spouses.
Spousal Support Duration
The duration of spousal support in Texas varies depending on the circumstances:
– For marriages lasting less than ten years, spousal support generally cannot exceed five years.
– For marriages lasting between ten and twenty years, spousal support can last up to five years.
– For marriages lasting over twenty years, spousal support can last up to seven years.
It’s important to note that these are general guidelines, and the court has discretion to adjust them based on the specific details of your case.
Real-Life Scenario: Securing Your Financial Future
Consider this scenario: Sarah has been a stay-at-home mom for the past 15 years while her husband, John, has built a successful career. Now, they’re facing divorce, and Sarah is concerned about her financial future.
With the guidance of the Law Office of Bryan Fagan, Sarah can explore her options for spousal support. We can help her build a case for the financial assistance she needs to transition into financial independence.
Our team will also work with John to ensure that any spousal support obligations are fair and reasonable, taking into account his financial circumstances.
By addressing spousal support proactively, Sarah and John can both move forward with their lives, knowing that their financial interests are protected.
If you’re dealing with spousal support matters in Texas, our experienced team at the Law Office of Bryan Fagan is here to assist you. We’ll advocate for your rights and work toward a fair and equitable resolution.
Don’t face the complexities of spousal support alone. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and explore the best path forward. We have offices throughout Texas, including Houston, to serve you better.
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