Spousal Maintenance in Texas
Texas is one of the most restrictive states when it comes to spousal maintenance. In order to be eligible for spousal maintenance, the spouse seeking maintenance must lack sufficient property once the divorce is final (including separate property) to provide for his or her minimum reasonable needs.
What about Texas spousal support before the divorce is finalized?
Temporary Spousal Support in Texas
Temporary spousal support is paid to one of the parties in the divorce while the suit is still pending. The Courts may rule for Texas temporary spousal support in an effort to maintain the status quo of the parties until a divorce is finalized.
The amount of temporary support is usually based on need, and your Houston spousal support lawyers should be able to correctly assess and advocate for your level of need. Without the right professionals at your side while filing for divorce in Texas, you could overestimate or underestimate your level of need, and end up with less temporary spousal support than you are entitled to.
Once Your Divorce Is Finalized
Texas alimony law allows for spousal maintenance to be awarded after a divorce is final. The conditions for Texas spousal support include minimum reasonable needs, and the length of the marriage. This duration and amount of divorce spousal maintenance is limited under Texas law, and only intended to provide temporary and rehabilitative support.
Changes in Texas Spousal Support Laws
The length of time that spousal support may be paid has recently increased due to Texas family law changes. The party filing for support may be granted up to five, seven or 10 years of temporary spousal support.
Contact the Houston divorce lawyers at the Moffett Law Firm for more information on these legal changes, and how they affect your case.
Contact Our Houston Spousal Support Lawyers
If you or your spouse are requesting spousal maintenance or temporary spousal support in Texas, and you are unsure if you qualify, please call Moffett Law Firm at 713-333-5800 or contact us online to arrange for your confidential consultation with one of our experienced family law attorneys, who will protect your interests and advocate passionately on your behalf.