W. Tyler Moore, PC

Is the amount of alimony limited?

The amount of alimony is limited in Texas.  Chapter 8 of the Family Code talks about "court ordered maintenance" which lay people refer to as alimony.  That chapter of the code is specific as to who may receive alimony, under what circumstances, for how long, and a cap on the monthly payments.

Depending on the length of marriage, the court ordered maintenance may not exceed 5 years, 7 years, or 10 years UNLESS the spouse is disabled. Either party may request a review of the order of maintenance.  

The amount of court ordered maintenance is capped at the lesser of $5000 per month or 20% of the payor spouse's average monthly gross income.  

Again, this is merely a general snapshot of alimony or court ordered maintenance in Texas. Consult with an experienced family law attorney to discuss the specifics.

Court ordered maintenance is income to the recipient and tax deductible to the payor.  

In addition to "Court ordered maintenance", parties may contractually agree that one spouse will pay the other a specific sum of money for a specific period of time. This is differentiated from court ordered maintenance as contractual alimony.  Absent a provision in the contract, the contractual alimony cannot be revised by either party.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Email Us For A Response

Contact

Start With A Case Evaluation

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

Hear From Our Clients

“Grimm Collections utilized Mr. W. Tyler Moore for a very complicated matter of litigation regarding non-payment of freight invoices to one of our clients local to the Houston area. I’ve worked with many attorneys throughout the United States on many litigation matters and the biggest deficiencies are lack of industry knowledge and poor communication/follow up…� - D.M.

Read More
  • Avvo - Rate your Lawyer. Get Free Legal Advice.
  • Avvo Clients' Choice 2012 Lawsuits & Disputes
  • Avvo Rating 10.0 Superb Top Attorney Lawsuits & Disputes
  • Avvo Top contributor 2013 Lawsuits & Disputes
  • AV Preeminent Martindale-Hubbell Lawyer Ratings
  • H Texas Houston's Top Lawyers 2014
  • Lead Counsel Rated Attorney
  • Nation's Premier | NAFLA | Top Ten Ranking 2014
  • Board Certified Texas Board Of Legal Specialization Civil Trial Law Family Law