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How long does spousal support last?

On Behalf of | Mar 18, 2021 | Family Law

The length and time frame of Texas spousal support, which is often referred to as alimony, will depend upon the length of the marriage. Marriages that last 10 years allow one of the spouses to receive support for five years. Marriages lasting 10 to 20 years can produce spousal support for seven years.

Marriages that last at least 30 years allow spousal support to last for 10 years. The spousal support may also be awarded for a longer timeframe if one of the spouses was physically abusive. Alimony is less than $5,000 per month or 20 percent of the paying spouse’s gross monthly income. You must expect to prove that you don’t earn enough income to financially support yourself without the assistance of your spouse.

What is spousal support?

After filing for divorce, alimony and spousal support may be a factor that needs to be worked out between both parties in Texas. Spousal support has eligibility requirements, and one of the spouses must prove they don’t earn enough money to support themselves. The marriage must also last at least 10 years, and one of the spouses must have a physical or mental disability.

The courts will determine how long one of the parties must continue to pay the spousal support, depending on the length and timeframe of the marriage. In some cases, the spousal support may come to an end if the recipient chooses to remarry or has an increase in their income at a later time.

Who can you contact for legal assistance?

If you want to understand Texas alimony laws and claim alimony, contact a legal professional to assist you with seeking spousal support. An attorney can inform you of your rights and what you may be entitled to if you’re going through a separation or divorce.