“Am I going to get alimony after my divorce?” This is one of the most common questions we receive and it’s no wonder. You want to know that you’ll be covered financially, and surviving off of just one income is often extremely difficult for individuals after they get divorced. While alimony is often necessary, that doesn’t always mean the court will agree to it without serious consideration.
So before you make plans one way or the other, we’re here to help. The information below will give you a better idea of what to expect afterdivorce and how to know if you qualify for alimony.
How does the court calculate alimony in Texas?
It is important to note that the court begins by assuming that alimony, or spousal support, is not necessary. Only when there has been a history of family violence is alimony automatically assumed. If you are hoping to receive alimony, you are required to prove to the court that you have attempted to earn an income or that you have acquired skills to do so.
Other circumstances which commonly warrant alimony may include the mental or physical disability of the spouse receiving payments or any children involved, or if the marriage lasted longer than 10 years and one spouse cannot earn a sufficient amount of income.
Beyond that, the court will consider certain factors before awarding alimony. These factors include:
- The length of the marriage
- The education and employment skills of each spouse
- The financial resources of each spouse
- Each spouse’s contribution as a homemaker
- The amount of property each spouse brought to the marriage
- Whether any acts of adultery were committed
If you do qualify for alimony, the next question is usually – “how long will the alimony last?” The state of Texas imposes laws which determine the length of your alimony order. The time constraints are based on the length of your marriage, and the longest it can last is 10 years, except in the case of a disability.
As you face an impending divorce, you should not go without legal representation. Our Fort Worth divorce attorneys have won numerous awards and offer compassionate counsel. Contact us today – we can help you fight for alimony!