As you go through the divorce process, you may soon be asking yourself this question: Can I receive alimony from my former spouse?
While this may be something you want to receive, it doesn’t mean it is guaranteed. In fact, alimony is not awarded often in the state of Texas. That being said, it is a possibility so you may want to learn more.
The court is staffed with the responsibility of determining the amount, duration, and manner of the payment based on factors outlined in the Texas Family Code. For example, the court considers the financial resources of the person seeking alimony, his or her education skills, and the ability of this person to meet his or her own financial needs.
Even if alimony is awarded, it does not mean that the payments will last forever. For a marriage that lasted between 10 and 20 years, for example, the court can award alimony for a period of no longer than five years. A marriage of 20 to 30 years qualifies for alimony up to seven years. And a marriage of 30 years or more qualifies for up to 10 years of alimony.
Nobody wants to go through a divorce, but if you find yourself in this situation you might as well learn as much as possible about your rights. You may find yourself in position to receive alimony, which could make your life easier post-split.
If you have questions regarding alimony, if you want to fight for this, contact our law firm. We can help you better understand your situation and rights.