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Alimony Lawyers Denton, TX
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At Goline & Roland Law Firm, our divorce lawyers in Denton closely follow changes in Texas legislation pertaining to family law matters, and can explain how the law applies to your divorce and alimony claim.
The issue of spousal support and maintenance in Denton, often referred to as alimony, is one of the primary issues that must be resolved before a divorce can be finalized (the other major issues include property division, child custody matters, and child support).
Texas law and the courts do not provide a strict mathematical formula that must be applied when crafting and resolving spousal support calculations. Rather, the parties and the court must take into consideration a number of factors, some of which are subjective in nature. Additionally, this is one issue that often elicits very strong opinions from one or both parties regarding what is “fair” and/or what is “deserved.”
Resolving Spousal Support Matters in North Texas: The Importance of Legal Counsel
Whether you seek to obtain support, or if your goal is to oppose the issuance of a support obligation, it is critically important to hire an experienced divorce attorney in North Texas knowledgeable in the intricate nuances of Texas spousal support.
As local attorneys handling spousal support and maintenance in Denton County, we are familiar with the courts and judges throughout North Texas, and we can help you understand what to expect as you move through the divorce process. We have experience successfully representing people on both sides of this complex issue.
Is Spousal Support Commonly Ordered by the Court?
It is common in Texas for one spouse to pay temporary spousal support to the other spouse during the pendency of a divorce (in order to pay current bills and expenses, and to maintain the existing state of the parties’ living situation). However, it is important to note that spousal support will not be ordered once the divorce is finalized; however, an award of spousal maintenance may be awarded.
Depending on the duration of the marriage as well as other factors, spousal maintenance may be awarded for a period of up to five, seven, or 10 years. The party who seeks spousal maintenance must aptly demonstrate that he or she lacks the financial ability to provide for his or her minimum reasonable needs, and has been married to the other spouse for 10 years or longer; or is the custodian of a child of the marriage of any age who requires substantial care and personal supervision because of a physical or mental disability that prevents the spouse from earning sufficient income to provide for the spouse’s minimum reasonable needs.
Also, if the spouse from whom maintenance is requested was convicted or received deferred adjudication for family violence against the other spouse or the other spouse’s child and the offense occurred within two years before the divorce is filed or happened during the divorce, the spouse seeking maintenance may be entitled to an award.
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