Dallas Alimony Attorneys
Get Advice about Spousal Maintenance
Alimony, or spousal maintenance, is regular payments that one spouse pays the other after they have divorced. The alimony payments may be agreed to in the divorce settlement or court-ordered. At Capetillo Law PLLC, our alimony lawyers in Dallas provide honest representation and a personalized approach to every case. We care about our clients and look out for their futures.
If you have questions about alimony in Texas, call (214) 506-0091 to discuss your satiation with one of our attorneys.
When Alimony Is Awarded
If the spouse who is requesting support won’t have enough money to provide for his or her basic needs, the court may award spousal maintenance. In addition, certain circumstances must exist for alimony to be ordered by Texas courts. This includes a family violence conviction, a marriage that lasted ten years or longer, or the inability of the spouse seeking support to earn a sufficient income due to a physical or mental disability or caring for a child with a physical or mental disability.
Court Ordered Alimony
In Texas, the spouse requesting alimony must show that spousal maintenance is needed and that he or she has taken steps to develop skills or earn an income during the divorce process. When the court determines that spousal maintenance is appropriate, several factors are considered to determine how much alimony should be awarded and the duration of support.
Factors considered when awarding spousal maintenance include each spouse’s:
- Education and employment skills
- Earning ability
- History of violence
- Faithfulness during the marriage
- Property brought into the marriage
- Contribution to the education of the other
- Contribution to raising children and caring for the home
The duration of alimony payments is influenced by the length of the marriage. For example, marriages up to 10 years long result in 5 years of alimony payments, while 10 years of alimony may be awarded for a 30-year marriage. Our alimony attorneys in Dallas can evaluate your situation, advise you of the probable outcome, and work to help you reach your goals.