You didn't think it would come to this, but now a divorce or separation from your spouse appears imminent. There is a chance that either you or your spouse is going to have to pay spousal support to the other. But how much should the alimony amount be? No matter which side of the equation you're on, your future may revolve around how this issue is resolved.
Since most Texans spend their lives avoiding family courts, they often find themselves unprepared for the law's nuances when they have to depend on them the most. At W. Tyler Moore, PC, we have over four decades' experience in divorce law, and we firmly believe in being open and transparent with our clients about how the system works. We love helping the Houston community grow stronger by educating its members about their legal options and we look forward to leveraging our vast experience to your benefit.
Spousal support, or alimony, consists of monetary payments that one spouse pays to the other to help that spouse maintain the standard of living enjoyed during the marriage. In Houston, people may be able to obtain court-ordered spousal maintenance if they prove:
They won't have enough property to meet their minimum reasonable needs (e.g., their monthly living expenses).
The marriage lasted 10 years or more and they made an effort to earn sufficient income or develop the skills to meet their minimum reasonable needs, or the other spouse committed family violence; or they have an incapacitating disability; or a child of the marriage has a disability that prevents the parent seeking support from earning sufficient income.
Alimony plays an important part in family law because it helps keep at-risk people from suddenly experiencing severe hardships. Unfortunately, spousal support can be a contentious, confusing issue that complicates divorce proceedings, especially when soon-to-be exes disagree about payment amounts. Although the state offers guidelines regarding how much alimony people can receive and how long they can get it, it's better to be proactive. At W. Tyler Moore, PC, our board-certified family law attorney can help you plan ahead so you're not left at the complete mercy of the law.
Texas applies unique standards to determine alimony amounts such as how much property each party owns and what his or her reasonable needs entail. If you're getting divorced, however, it's critical to identify an amount that satisfies the recipient's requirements and the payer's ability to reliably provide support.
What's at risk with an untenable spousal support agreement? A dysfunctional arrangement that can expose both parties to serious financial trouble and result in additional court appearances down the road. Talking to a lawyer at W. Tyler Moore, PC, will grant you the foresight you need to anticipate your needs and avoid bad outcomes. We can also help you with support matters involving enforcement and modification. Email us using the form here, or call 713-322-3950 today to get started.