In Texas, spousal maintenance, or alimony, is subject to strict limitations. Courts are often cautious about awarding spousal maintenance and, if granted, it is generally limited in both amount and duration.
Securing alimony in Texas presents a significant challenge. To be eligible for alimony, you must demonstrate to the judge that you are incapable of meeting your minimum reasonable needs independently. However, even after establishing this requirement, judges will carefully assess various other factors. These include the age, health, and work history of both spouses, the duration of the marriage, childcare requirements, and whether one spouse supported the other's education or career during the marriage. All these factors play a crucial role in the judge's determination of whether alimony is appropriate in the given situation.
According to Texas law, alimony serves as a rehabilitative tool intended to offer the lower-earning spouse the necessary time and resources to pursue education and training, leading to financial independence.
Though Texas statutes impose limitations, divorcing couples have the option to create their own alimony arrangements through negotiated agreements. In cases where couples fail to reach an agreement, Texas's restricted alimony laws will govern.
At McLean & Associates L.L.C., we tenaciously advocate for our clients to receive the alimony support they require to sustain themselves and their children. Recognizing the challenges of obtaining alimony, we often strive for larger property division settlements to compensate for the absence of ongoing financial assistance. Our goal is to secure the best possible outcome for our clients, ensuring they have the means to move forward confidently as they embark on a new chapter in their lives.
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