Alimony is the regular payment one spouse makes to the other to provide support during or after a divorce proceeding. In Texas, a court order for alimony is called “spousal maintenance.”
The court can order spousal maintenance if the spouse seeking support will not have enough property at the time of the divorce to provide for basic needs and one of the following criteria is met:
After the need for a maintenance order has been approved, the judge will consider several factors to determine how much support will be and how long the support will last:
No matter what the circumstances are, the court must limit the length
of the order. This allows the spouse receiving payments to get on their
feet and achieve the skills to be able to earn enough income to meet
basic needs,unless that spouse cannot do so because of a disability, an
infant or young child of the marriage, or because there is some other
reason that the spouse cannot be self-supporting.
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