Spousal support may come into play in your divorce following a long-term marriage. If you have been married for more than 10 years and you have been dependent on your spouse, you are probably a good candidate to request spousal support (also called alimony or spousal maintenance) as part of our divorce decree.
Regardless of the length of a marriage, spousal support is not an automatic entitlement. There must be good reasons for one spouse to assert the need for maintenance. Generally, a family law court will consider the lifestyle needs and income of each spouse. Can you provide for yourself by working? In this case, you may be able to request temporary spousal support while you retrain or find a job. On the other hand, if you are disabled or have little education, you may receive spousal support for much longer — potentially, until retirement age in some cases.
Spousal support is sometimes used as a bargaining chip in the determination of distribution of assets. You may decide that it is more advantageous to ask to keep the equity in the marital home rather than request spousal support. Requesting continued insurance coverage or a percentage of stock holdings can also lead to advantageous, workable and creative solutions in the area of spousal support and asset division.
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Get the answers and help that you need regarding spousal support or any aspect of a Texas divorce. Call 512-256-0780 or 254-690-2202, or contact us online to make an appointment with Austin spousal support attorney Keiko Griffin. Our office is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Se habla español. For your convenience, we accept credit cards.