Alimony & Spousal Support (Maintenance) in Texas
Navigating the financial implications of a divorce can be challenging, especially when it comes to understanding alimony and spousal support, known as maintenance in Texas. Maintenance is a means to assist a spouse in transitioning from married life to post-divorce independence, aiming to mitigate any drastic changes in their standard of living.
At Mokolo Law Firm, our skilled attorneys have extensive experience in handling matters of spousal maintenance. We are dedicated to ensuring that your financial interests are protected during and after your divorce.
Understanding the Duration of Spousal Maintenance/Alimony in Texas
The Texas Family Code § 8.054(1) outlines specific durations for maintenance orders, based on the length of the marriage:
- Up to 5 years for marriages under 10 years, or for marriages of 10 to 20 years.
- Up to 7 years for marriages of 20 to 30 years.
- Up to 10 years for marriages of 30 years or more.
Furthermore, under Texas Family Code § 8.054(2), the court aims to set the maintenance duration as short as reasonably possible, allowing the receiving spouse to become self-sufficient. Exceptions may apply if the spouse faces:
- Physical or mental disabilities.
- Responsibilities as the primary caretaker of a young child.
- Other significant barriers to gaining adequate income.
Seeking Legal Guidance for Spousal Maintenance
Dealing with spousal maintenance requires not only an understanding of the law but also a strategy tailored to your unique situation. Whether you’re seeking maintenance or are required to provide it, our attorneys at Mokolo Law Firm can offer the legal expertise and support you need.
For a detailed discussion about your specific circumstances and guidance on spousal maintenance, please contact Mokolo Law Firm using one of the options below to schedule a paid consultation with our experienced attorneys.