Laura Dale & Associates, P.C.
Se Habla Español Nous Parlons Français
Call 713-574-7952 or 888-572-6059

How long can you expect to pay or get spousal support in Texas?

Regardless of which end of the equation you find yourself on during your Texas divorce, you may have questions about whether you will have to pay, or, conversely, receive, alimony payments. Many divorcing Texans have questions about how long they may have to pay, or may be able to receive, what the state calls spousal maintenance and how the state arrives at the decided upon amount of the maintenance.

Per the Texas State Legislature, in order to receive alimony, one party in a marriage must be able to demonstrate an inability to provide for his or herself in the absence of it. Additionally, your situation must meet one of several different circumstances. In the first scenario, the spouse paying alimony has either a conviction or a deferred adjudication relating to domestic violence during the marriage or divorce process. In the second scenario, the party seeking support must be unable to support his or herself because of a disability or an obligation to a provide care for a child with a disability.

As for how much you can anticipate paying or receiving in spousal support, expect the court to award the lesser amount of either $5,000 per month or 20 percent of the paying party’s gross monthly income. When it comes to how long you can plan to have to pay, or be able to receive, such payments, this typically varies based on the length of your marriage, among other factors.

For example, you may pay or receive alimony for five years if the marriage lasted between 10 and 20 years, or up to seven years if your marriage lasted between 20 and 30 years. You may also be able to obtain alimony if your marriage lasted less than 10 years, but your spouse was abusive during your union.

This information about spousal maintenance in Texas is informative, but it is not a substitute for legal advice.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

Client Testimonials

  1. Laura Dale the best Family Law attorney I have ever met... Posted by John...Listens, takes your calls, tells you the truth (even when it may not be what you want to hear)... Read More

  2. The Best...Posted by a Child Custody client... Laura Dale handled my international child custody and divorce matter. I am an attorney in Houston and was referred to her... Read More

  3. A Meticulous, Knowledgeable, Attorney with Heart...Posted by a Child Custody client... Laura was not the first attorney that my husband and I interviewed for an extremely complex... Read More

  4. Top Notch, Hands Down - The Best...Posted by Tammi, a Child Custody client... Laura Dale has been absolutely the best attorney I could have found for my difficult child custody... Read More

Contact Our Experienced Team Today | Se habla español | Nous parlons français

Due to the experience our lawyers have in many specialized areas, you can rely on us to put together the right team to handle your case, even if it centers on complex issues such as international family law, business valuation or bankruptcy. Contact us today to make an appointment to discuss your needs with a knowledgeable lawyer.

Login to Client Portal

Laura Dale & Associates, P.C.
1800 Saint James Pl.
Suite 620
Houston, TX 77056

Toll Free: 888-572-6059
Phone: 713-574-7952
Fax: 713-600-1718
Houston Office Location

Review Us