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September 16, 2019

Spousal Support in Texas

There are a few things you should keep in mind when dealing with spousal support in the state of Texas. Formerly known as spousal maintenance, spousal support is a court-ordered alimony payment. Courts will attempt to make a fair decision based on any available evidence, but oftentimes there will be parties who disagree with the fairness of that decision. When in need of support, or if you are the one providing support, it is important to have an experienced attorney on your side. The law office of Rashelle Fetty can represent you in court to get you the best chance of getting the best resolution for you.

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Things to Know About Spousal Support

Courts will order spousal support if the petitioning spouse proves to have a lack of property or assets to provide for basic needs along with one of the circumstances below:

  • If the spouse is convicted of an act of family violence against the other spouse or other spouse’s child during the marriage. The incident has to have occurred during the divorce proceedings or within two years of the divorce being filed
  • The petitioning spouse has either a mental or physical disability that prevents them from earning income for basic needs
  • The petitioning spouse can’t earn income for basic needs and had been married for ten years or longer
  • If the petitioning spouse has custody of a child from the marriage and the child needs care for mental or physical disabilities. Due to the child’s disability, the petitioning spouse can’t earn enough income for basic needs

There are certain factors that determine whether spousal support is appropriate. The courts will determine how much should be awarded and the period of time it will last. Here are some of the factors,

  • Available financial resources at the time of divorce
  • The educational and employment skills of each spouse
  • The length of the marriage
  • Child support

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If you wish to learn more about spousal support, contact The Fetty Firm for more information. You can reach Rashelle Fetty and The Fetty Firm by calling (214) 546-5746. Moreover, you can learn more about spousal support by clicking here.