January 22, 2020

What is Spousal Support?

Divorces may end a relationship, but there are times when the two may still interact. One such interaction could be spousal support. Relationships are not always even financially. One partner may have a better paying job than the other, and so there is an imbalance. A divorce could lead one person financially unstable, and so one spouse may receive support from the other.

This support is also known as alimony. It is when one financially stable spouse helps the other after divorce. This situation can be court-ordered or a predetermined decision between the couple. The goal of alimony is for the unstable spouse to gain financial stability.

Qualifications for Spousal Support

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If you want to petition the court orders spousal support, then there are a few things you must meet. Firstly, you must show you a lack of property and assets to provide basic needs. Secondly, the court must recognize at least one other circumstance, which varies.

One of those circumstances could be a spouse convicted of domestic abuse to the other spouse or a child. However, the conviction must be during the marriage or within two years of filing the divorce. Another option is the spouse has a physical or mental disability that prevents them from supporting themselves.

A third qualification includes a marriage of at least ten years and a spouse unable to obtain enough income for basic needs. Finally, the spouse has custody of a child that requires special care, and the spouse cannot support them on their own.

These are important qualifications the court will consider. Clients work closely with Rashelle Fetty so she can help you obtain the best outcome. Every case is different, and The Fetty Firm has seen many of them. There are a lot of factors to consider when claiming spousal support, so you should have an expert by your side.

Call The Fetty Firm Today

The Fetty Firm has years of experience in family court. The owner and sole attorney at The Fetty Firm, Rashelle Fetty, will help you fight for what you believe is rightfully yours. Give her firm a call at (214) 546-5746. Clients should also look at the qualifications and factors considered for spousal support on the firm’s site.