Understanding Spousal Support For Texas Divorces
Going through a divorce is an emotional experience. Many of the issues can raise feelings of sadness, anger, and confusion. It is critical to have an experienced attorney by your side so you are not taken advantage of, or receive less than what you deserve. This is true for all aspects of your case, but in the instance of spousal support it is especially beneficial to have skilled legal representation so you are not struggling financially. At The Family Law Firm of Donna J. Smeidt in Arlington, TX, we provide compassionate yet aggressive advocacy and fight for your rights.
What Is Spousal Support?
In Texas, there are different types of spousal support. Understanding the difference between temporary and permanent support is important:
- Temporary support: These temporary payments are made by one spouse to the other during the case and before a final decree is entered.
- Permanent support: This support is paid once the case is over and provides the recipient with the funds needed to maintain the same standard of living during the marriage.
Once the divorce is final, there are certain time limits on spousal support payments. If the marriage lasted between 10 and 20 years, the payments will continue for up to five years. For longer marriages, between 20 and 30 years, the support can last for up to seven years. If a marriage lasted longer than 30 years, the recipient can ask that payments continue for up to 10 years after the divorce is final. There are instances where support can be paid indefinitely and these types of arrangements are settled on a case-by-case basis in court.
Spousal support is intended to provide financial freedom after divorce. Our firm seeks support that is tailored to your specific needs.
How Spousal Support Is Determined
Several factors are considered by the court when entering an order of spousal support, including:
- Income level of each party
- Educational and employment history of each party
- How long the marriage lasted
- The ages of the parties
- Whether any health issues are present
- Whether the recipient is caring for a disabled child, or is disabled themselves
- The child support order, if applicable
Every case is unique and has special needs. In order to determine an amount of spousal support that fits your case, we examine all of the facts. The court then takes all evidence into consideration and enters a final order.
How a Lawyer Can Help
Having an attorney help with your case ensures that important pieces of information are not overlooked. When you are going through a divorce, your primary focus should be on your future. Having an experienced attorney fight for what you deserve helps alleviate stress and worry, allowing you to focus on your family and responsibilities.
Contact The Family Law Firm of Donna J. Smeidt
Let us help you today. Donna J. Smeidt began her legal career in 1986 and is a board certified family law attorney with recognition by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 1991. We can be reached online or by calling (817) 572-9900.