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Spousal Maintenance

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Are you Entitled to Spousal Maintenance? 

Under Texas law, a spouse is entitled to spousal maintenance after a divorce is finalized if the spouse requesting maintenance is unable to earn sufficient income to meet the spouse's minimum needs because of a disability, has been married to the other spouse for 10 or more years, and lacks the ability to earn sufficient income to provide for his or her minimum needs; or is the custodian of a child of the marriage who requires substantial care due to a physical or mental disability.  A spouse may also be entitled to spousal maintenance if the spouse from whom maintenance is requested has been convicted of family violence within 2 years before the suit for divorce was filed.  

How is Spousal Maintenance Determined?

Unlike child support, there is no statutory guideline on the amount of spousal maintenance that may be ordered.  Instead, there are several factors the court will consider in determining the amount of spousal maintenance a spouse will be required to pay.  Such factors include: the education and employment skills of each spouse, the time necessary to acquire the skills or education to enable a spouse to earn sufficient income, the length of the marriage, and the contribution of a spouse as homemaker, to name a few.  

Spousal maintenance may also be used as a substitute for property divisions, and our attorneys are experienced in knowing when this would be a valuable strategic move.  

The attorneys at Turner-Monahan, PLLC have extensive experience in the areas of divorce and spousal maintenance.

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