Spousal Support Lawyer in Dallas
Texas Alimony & Spousal Support Laws
Spousal support, commonly called alimony, may be provided to the spouse in a divorce who needs financial support during the divorce process or after the divorce is final. Because both spouses are frequently employed outside of the home, a court may be examine many factors before deciding whether to order post-divorce spousal support. For this reason, spousal support can be a contentious issue in many divorces.
The family law attorneys at The Branch Law Firm in Dallas have handled many spousal support debates. Whether you are trying to claim alimony for yourself or prevent spousal support from being imposed on you, our attorneys can help. We can also fight for a more reasonable arrangement if your soon-to-be-ex is asking for an unreasonable amount.
What are the Requirements for Spousal Support in a Divorce?
In order to obtain spousal support, one party needs to prove that they will not be able to provide for his or her reasonable needs without assistance. It is also important to note that you must be married to be eligible for spousal support. Unmarried couples who live together do not have the right to argue for spousal support.
To obtain spousal support, you must meet one of the following criteria:
- You were married for ten years and lack the ability to earn sufficient income
- You or your child were victims of domestic violence that occurred within two years of the divorce
- You are disabled and unable to earn sufficient income because of it
- You have a disabled child that requires care - even if that child is an adult
Texas also requires a spouse to meet one of the four statutory bases for spousal support in order to receive it.
Spousal support is intended to help one party meet their minimum reasonable needs. These may include:
- Utility bills
- Rent or mortgage bills
- Debt payments
- Medical expenses
- Transportation expenses
- Insurance payments
- Loan payments
How a Spousal Support Lawyer Can Help You
There are many factors that affect spousal support rulings. Texas has very strict laws regulating who can receive spousal support and how long they can obtain it. Our skilled spousal support attorneys in Dallas can aggressively fight on your behalf for a fair arrangement.
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