How is Spousal Maintenance Determined?
In Texas, spousal maintenance is not guaranteed. Instead, whether it is awarded, how much is awarded, and the timeframe during which it may last are all based on a variety of important factors. If you lack the earning ability to reasonably care for your needs, however, it is likely you will receive spousal maintenance. Continue reading to learn more about the factors a judge will review when determining spousal maintenance for your case.
Determining Spousal Maintenance
If you are seeking spousal maintenance, it is important to understand which factors a judge will review.
Below are the most relevant factors the courts will consider:
- The financial resources you and your spouse will have after everything is divided by the court.
- The educational level and employable skills of each spouse.
- The amount of time needed for the spouse seeking support to obtain necessary training or education to earn sufficient income.
- The feasibility and availability of such training or education.
Additionally, the court will examine how long the marriage lasted, the overall health of each spouse, age, and even how each spouse treated one another.
Spousal maintenance is not the same for every couple. Here is how the court determines the length of this award:
- If the paying spouse was convicted of a family violence offense within 2 years of the petition for divorce or while the divorce was pending, spousal maintenance may not last more than 5 years.
- If the marriage lasted for 10 years and less than 20 years, spousal maintenance may not last more than 5 years.
- If the marriage lasted 20 years and less than 30 years, spousal maintenance may not last more than 7 years.
- If the marriage lasted for 30 years or longer, spousal maintenance may not last more than 10 years.
- If the supported spouse is still unable to earn enough income due to a disability or is caring for a disabled child, spousal maintenance can potentially last longer.
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