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Answers About Spousal Support From A Dedicated Divorce Lawyer

Going through a divorce can be a complicated time. With your best interests in mind, Lauren Powell, a Grapevine divorce lawyer from our firm, can help you understand the legal obstacles of your case.

If you are hoping to receive spousal support, or alimony, from your former spouse, there are many things to consider. By partnering with Powell Law Offices, P.C., you can have confidence knowing that we will advocate for you.

Qualifying For Spousal Support

In some cases, a former spouse will agree to pay alimony, which is considered contractual maintenance. Contractual maintenance is voluntary and without any legal eligibility requirements. If, however, a spouse is unwilling to agree, the court will take several things into account.

Necessary qualifications for spousal maintenance:

  • One spouse is convicted of family violence against the other spouse or the children during the marriage or within two years before a divorce is filed.
  • The spouse applying for maintenance cannot earn enough income because of a mental or physical disability.
  • The marriage lasted 10 or more years.
  • The spouse applying for maintenance is caring for a child of the marriage with a mental or physical disability that prevents the ability to earn enough income.

If you do not meet any of these qualifications, an attorney can help you persuade the court that your efforts to earn a reasonable income were consistent throughout the separation.

How Long Does Spousal Support Last?

The duration of spousal support is based on several things. After the court decides to award you with spousal maintenance, it will then look at factors that took place during your marriage.

The court will consider factors such as:

  • Each of your financial resources when the divorce occurred
  • The length of your marriage
  • Your age, employment history and emotional health
  • The property each of you brought into the marriage
  • Whether any child support payments are being made

Based on the court's findings, it will then determine how long you can receive spousal maintenance. At most, spousal maintenance can last for 10 years, unless there is a physical or mental disability to consider. The minimum length of time for spousal support in Texas is five years.

Before heading to court on your own to obtain spousal maintenance, contact a divorce lawyer from our firm. We are passionate about serving you and can be contacted directly, never making you jump through unnecessary hoops for quality legal counsel.

Contact Powell Law Offices, P.C., today to set up your confidential case evaluation.