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Texas Divorce Faq – Part 2

Will I be Entitled to Spousal Maintenance?

Spousal maintenance – often referred to as “alimony” – is a court-ordered payment from one spouse to another either in a lump sum at the time of divorce or at specified intervals following a divorce. If you are seeking spousal maintenance under Texas law, you must show that you do not have enough income and/or property to support yourself immediately following a divorce and that one of the following is also true:

  • Your spouse committed domestic violence within the two years before the divorce or during the divorce process;
  • You have a physical or mental disability that prevents you from earning enough to support yourself;
  • Your marriage lasted at least ten years and you are not able to work enough to support your basic needs; or
  • You cannot work because you have custody of a child (with your spouse) with a disability who needs special care.
  • Once it is established that you deserve spousal maintenance, the court can consider many factors to determine how much you should receive for how long.

When Will My Divorce be Final?

Like every marriage can be very different, so can divorce cases. Therefore, it is often not possible to estimate a length of a divorce case without knowing specific details of the marriage and divorce. Even if you and your spouse agree on all of the issues and file an uncontested divorce, state law requires that the court wait at least 60 days before granting your divorce.

That being said, many divorce cases in Texas last significantly longer than 60 days, especially if spouses cannot agree on one or more issues. An experienced divorce attorney can help you resolve any issues in your case in the most efficient manner possible.

Contact an Experienced Texas Divorce Lawyer for More Information Today

If you are facing a potential divorce, it is only natural that you will have many questions. The best way to seek answers to these questions is to discuss your specific situation with an experienced divorce attorney in Texas as soon as possible. At The Vendt Law Firm, PLLC, we take the time to address every concern our clients may have throughout the entire divorce process. Please call our office at (832) 263-6770 for assistance today.