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One of the most critical and commonly contested issues to be decided during a divorce proceeding is spousal maintenance, or alimony as it is often known. The purpose of alimony is to allow the dependent spouse to enjoy a similar lifestyle the marriage had provided for a period of time following the divorce. Texas has very specific laws governing spousal maintenance and it is essential to have knowledgeable counsel by your side to protect your rights and emphatically voice any of your alimony concerns to the court.
At Audu Law Firm, Sugar Land spousal maintenance advice Attorney Lilian Audu is committed to helping individuals navigate this difficult and stressful time in their lives. Ending a marriage is always an emotional time and battles over alimony can be particularly hurtful and angering. Attorney Audu proceeds with not only sensitivity, but, when needed, the tough assertiveness needed to arrive at a fair spousal maintenance agreement that speaks to your needs.
If you have concerns over your future spousal maintenance agreement, contact our firm at 832.780.9005 now.
Determining the Terms of Spousal Maintenance
Clients are always interested in learning how long and how much their spousal maintenance will be. It's impossible to pinpoint an exact number until a judge reviews the couple's financials and makes a ruling, but Texas law does have laws and formulas that can help forecast what your final spousal maintenance agreement will look like.
The duration of monthly spousal maintenance depends on the length of the marriage:
- Less than 20 years: 5 year maximum
- Between 20 and 30 years: 7 year maximum
- More than 30 years: 10 year maximum
The amount of the spousal maintenance will depend on the couple's finances over the course of their marriage. However, Texas does cap monthly alimony at either $5,000 or 20% of the paying spouse's gross monthly income. Whether you are the paying spouse or the dependent one, ensure that your needs are properly communicated and fought for during the divorce process.
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