In the state of Texas, alimony is officially referred to as “spousal maintenance,” which is a recurring payment made from one spouse to the other following a divorce. In the court’s eyes, spousal maintenance is not a presumed requirement. Rather, their default assumption is that spousal maintenance is not required. To determine whether you are eligible to receive or if you must pay spousal maintenance, speak with our board-certified Collin County divorce lawyers for help. We have helped hundreds of divorcing couples resolve their alimony disputes.
Spousal maintenance may be deemed appropriate if any of the following conditions are true:
- A domestic violence conviction the two years prior to divorce
- A spouse cannot financially support him/herself after divorce
- The marriage lasted longer than ten years
- The parents have a child with physical or mental disabilities
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Texas has determined that spousal maintenance cannot last longer than 10 years unless the receiving spouse is disabled — or is caring for a disabled child. In general, five years is the maximum duration for marriages lasting less than 24 years; seven years is the maximum duration for marriages lasting between 20 and 30 years; and 10 years is the maximum duration for marriages lasting more than 30 years.