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Know your rights regarding alimony in Texas

Stories about people who are paying or receiving alimony might have some people in Texas wondering if they will be able to get alimony as part of their divorce settlement. There are some very strict requirements for alimony in Texas, so making sure you understand them is vital.

There have been some changes to the Texas laws regarding alimony that have made it possible for spousal support to be given to a spouse for up to five, seven or 10 years. The length of time a person is granted alimony depends on a variety of factors. The length of the marriage is considered. Family violence incidents, if present, are also considered.

Your ability to earn a living yourself can also play a part in whether you can receive alimony or not. Generally, you must not be able to earn an income because of a physical condition or a mental condition. Having a special needs child in your care can also qualify you for spousal support.

We know that spousal support is important for some people who are going through a divorce. In some cases, we might be able to petition the court for temporary alimony so that you can get support to keep your life status quo as you move through the divorce process.

As you can tell, there are a lot of factors that affect a person's ability to get spousal support. We can help you understand how your case is affected by spousal support laws in Texas. You can make an informed choice about how to proceed once you have an understanding about these laws.

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