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ALIMONY

Yes, it is possible to receive what most folks would call “alimony” (also known as spousal maintenance) in Texas. Texas law provides for spousal maintenance in divorce cases, but the eligibility and amount of alimony are subject to specific conditions and limitations. To be eligible for alimony in Texas, one of the following situations must apply:

  1. The paying spouse was convicted of an act of family violence against the receiving spouse or their child within two years of filing for divorce or while the divorce is pending.
  2. The receiving spouse lacks sufficient property to provide for their minimum reasonable needs and has been married for at least ten years while unable to earn enough income to support those needs.
  3. The receiving spouse is unable to work due to a disability, such as a physical or mental impairment, preventing them from earning a sufficient income to meet their minimum reasonable needs.

If one of these conditions is met, the court may award spousal maintenance. It's important to note that the court will consider various factors when determining the amount and duration of spousal maintenance, including the length of the marriage and the financial resources and needs of both spouses.

The amount and duration of spousal maintenance are decided by the court on a case-by-case basis. It's essential to consult with an experienced family law attorney in Texas to understand how alimony might apply to your specific situation and to help you navigate the legal process effectively.

If you have questions, we have answers.

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