Which Partner Pays Spousal Maintenance After a Divorce?
Spousal maintenance (or alimony) is a monthly payment from one ex-spouse to the other for a set period. An award of alimony depends on a few marital factors.
Eligibility for Alimony
To qualify for alimony in Texas, a spouse must prove they can’t support their current lifestyle with their separate sources of income.
One of the following must apply to their situation:
- The spouse making the payment was convicted of, or received, deferred adjudication for family violence committed either during the marriage or during the pendency of the divorce; or
- The spouse seeking alimony is not able to earn enough income to support their lifestyle. This could be due to:
- Physical or mental disability
- Responsibility to a child of the marriage who needs care due to physical or mental disability
- The marriage lasting at least 10 years
Texas Alimony Laws
Once it is determined that a spouse is eligible for an award of alimony, the court must then grant an alimony amount as well as decide a length of time for the alimony to be dispersed. A court will only award $5,000 or less to the eligible spouse or 20% of the alimony payor’s monthly income.
Alimony awards will last for:
- up to 5 years, if the marriage was 10 years or less and the paying partner was abusive;
- up to 5 years, if the marriage was between 10 to 20 years in length;
- up to 7 years, if the marriage was 20 to 30 years in length;
- up to 10 years, if the marriage was more than 30 years in length; or
- indefinite, if there is a child who needs to be taken care of for the rest of their life.
Labovitz Law Firm Is Here for You
Whether an ex-spouse is claiming you owe alimony or you are seeking alimony, the proceedings will affect your financial future, potentially for years to come. The help of an attorney with experience in spousal maintenance can help you navigate the complicated proceedings.
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