Resolving Alimony And Spousal Maintenance Issues
The Texas Family Code does not provide for alimony in Texas but rather references spousal maintenance as a claim in certain circumstances during a divorce. When evaluating if you are eligible for a claim of spousal maintenance, an attorney with experience and knowledge on the intricacies of Texas family law can help, and if needed, assist in requesting relief from a court.
Attorney Alicia Lackey of Lackey Law Firm, P.C., offers legal assistance and guidance for requests for spousal maintenance or contractual agreements for alimony, as well as representing parties in disputes over an existing agreement or court order.
Factors Considered In Awarding Spousal Maintenance
Spousal maintenance is an award in a suit for the dissolution of a marriage of periodic payments from the future income of one spouse for the support of the other spouse. Factors that are considered in determining an award of spousal maintenance can include:
- The requesting party lacks sufficient property to provide for minimum reasonable needs
- Family violence pattern or history
- Incapacitating physical or mental disability
- Length of marriage
- Inability to earn sufficient income
- Substantial care and supervision of disabled children limiting a parent’s ability to work
- The education and employment skills of a previously non-working spouse
- The cost, availability and feasibility of necessary education or training for a spouse returning to the workforce after divorce
These and other relevant factors require complicated and personalized attention. The counsel of an experienced and knowledgeable Texas family law attorney can be valuable in requesting or defending a request for spousal maintenance.
Types Of Spousal Support
Lackey Law Firm, P.C., can assist clients in requesting or defending a request for:
- Spousal maintenance: Ongoing payments that are limited to the greater of $5,000 per month or 20 percent of the paying spouse’s average monthly gross income.
- Contractual alimony: A contract between two former spouses similar to spousal maintenance, with special considerations for enforcement of payments.
- Temporary spousal support: A form of temporary payment provided to one of the spouses to maintain access to marital assets while their divorce case is still pending.
Choosing A Family Law Attorney
You can count on professional and honest legal services when you come to Lackey Law Firm, P.C.. You will receive the benefit of personalized legal counsel from someone who listens to your concerns and who will keep you informed of every stage of your case. Alicia Lackey handles every case with compassion and is dedicated to building a better community in her home of Texas, one family at a time.
Contact A Lawyer For Help With Your Family Law Matters
Main office is located in Austin, Texas. All office locations are staffed by appointment only.