Texas Spousal Support and Alimony Modification Lawyer
Spousal support, also known as spousal maintenance or alimony, is available in Texas divorces. There is a misconception that alimony is not an option for most divorcing couples; in fact, spousal support is limited, but available.
From her Plano, Texas, office, family law attorney Megan Rachel provides skilled representation and counsel to clients needing assistance with matters such as divorce, custody and support, and enforcement of child support orders. Contact her for a FREE initial consultation.
Eligibility for Spousal Support
The basic requirement for obtaining spousal support after divorce is that the marriage must have lasted ten years, except in cases where a spouse has been convicted for family violence. In situations where conviction for domestic violence has occurred, the ten-year requirement is waived, making it possible to obtain spousal support even if the parties have not been married for ten years.
Further, spousal support is not gender specific. The purpose of the support is to help a spouse, male or female, receive the time and training needed to reenter the workforce and to support himself or herself.
If a marriage is dissolved after ten years, a spouse is eligible for support for up to three years following the divorce decree. Over the course of those three years, the maximum spousal support allowed is either 25 percent of the payer's income or $2,500, whichever is less.
Should the recipient of spousal support be determined disabled and the disability affects the person's capacity to work, the individual may be entitled to receive spousal support indefinitely.
Modification to alimony may be required as time passes and situations change. For example, if the party providing support becomes unable to pay, it is possible and advised to contact an attorney and move for an alimony modification before being found in contempt of a court order.
Complimentary Initial Consultation With Megan Rachel
At the firm, clients find assistance in obtaining or in modifying spousal support following a divorce. You will find the legal counsel and representation you need at the Plano Rachel Firm. For a FREE consultation about spousal support/alimony and modifications of orders, contact Megan Rachel today.