November 24, 2019
General Overview of Spousal Support
Formerly referred to as spousal maintenance, spousal support is an alimony payment ordered by the court. In cases dealing with spousal support, the courts will make a decision based on available evidence. If you’re seeking support or if you’re the one paying spousal support, you’ll want to have an experienced family law attorney representing you. The Fetty Firm and its sole attorney, Rashelle Fetty, is fully capable of providing expert representation as you work towards getting the most comprehensive settlement possible. Above all, The Fetty Firm aims to use its experience to help clients living and around North Texas. Contact us at your earliest convenience to learn more about how we can help you.
Courts can decide on spousal support if the spouse who’s petitioning lacks enough property or assets. Additionally, here are some circumstances that can lead to spousal support:
- A spouse who’s convicted for an act of family violence. This circumstance can be during the marriage while divorce proceedings or within two years of filing for divorce.
- The spouse who’s petitioning has either a mental or physical disability. This disability prevents the petitioning spouse from earning adequate income for basic needs.
- Another qualificative circumstance is when the petitioning spouse can’t earn adequate income for basic needs and the marriage was longer than 10 years.
- If the petitioning spouse has custody of a child from the marriage and the minor needs care for a mental or physical disability. This need for medical care must prevent the spouse from earning enough income for basic needs.
Keep in mind that unless there’s a conviction for family violence, courts will have an initial assumption that spousal support is unnecessary. As such, it’s important that you acquire the services of an experienced family law attorney. Rashell Fetty is ready to advocate for you. We’ll work diligently with the aim of showing the court the appropriate evidence.