Spousal Maintenance Qualifications In Texas Divorce
Spousal maintenance, also known as alimony or spousal support, is not automatically awarded in Texas divorce cases. Spousal maintenance can be sought to provide interim support until divorce proceedings have been finalized, as well as longer-term support which would go into effect once the court has signed a couple's final divorce decree. Individuals seeking spousal maintenance will be required to meet certain qualifications. If you will not have sufficient assets or property to allow even your most basic needs to be met, you may be eligible to seek spousal maintenance providing at least one of the following is true:
- A physical or mental disability prevents you from being able to earn the income necessary to meet your needs and maintain a decent standard of living,
- You and your spouse were married for at least 10 years and you are unable to earn the income necessary to provide for your basic needs,
- You will be retaining physical custody of a child from the marriage and, as a result of your child's mental or physical disability, will need financial support to help cover basic standard of living costs so you are able to tend to that child's care and close supervision.
- Your spouse has been convicted of domestic violence against you or your child within the two years prior to you filing for divorce, or during the course of divorce proceedings.