Spousal Support & Alimony Law in Texas
Alimony: How Can I Get It? Will I Have To Pay It?
Many couples in Texas who divorce will have issues regarding spousal support. In some scenarios, spousal support can make or break your finances.
You probably feel concerned about receiving or paying a fair amount of support.
Law Office of Nikki Hudman has represented numerous individuals in the Austin metro who needed a lawyer’s guidance regarding spousal support and other divorce matters.
Lead by board certified family law attorney Nikki Hudman, we can answer your questions, determine an equitable amount and help you understand what your post-divorce finances will look like.
Is There a Limit on Spousal Support in Texas?
The state of Texas is quite unique when it comes to alimony payments. Some states do not have strict limits on how much support a court can order.
In Texas, maintenance awards cannot be exceed $5000 per month or more than 20% of the spouse’s monthly average gross income.
How Are Alimony Payments Made?
It is common for courts in Texas to grant a withholding order. This takes the allocated maintenance award directly from the paycheck and forwards it to the proper court agency to then be passed onto the spouse.
When Do Courts Grant Spousal Support?
There are many factors that can influence a court’s decision to grant spousal support. These include:
- One spouse giving up or scaling back their career to raise children
- One spouse having less formal education than the other
- A large difference in income between spouses
- The length of the marriage, especially if it lasted more than 10 years
- The needs of the children, especially if a child has special needs
There is no simple way to calculate financial support, because each case is unique. The factors in your particular circumstances will influence the amount you pay or receive.
When you speak with Ms. Hudman, she can evaluate the unique details in your case and give you an idea of what to expect.
What Happens If Your Spouse Remarries or Passes Away?
Spousal maintenance awards are automatically terminated if:
- The supported spouse remarries
- Either party dies
- The supported spouse cohabitates with a third-party while dating or in a romatic relationship
- Upon another review or future order from the court
Work With A Board Certified Family Law Specialist
You need every bit of experience and wisdom that you can get. Our founding attorney, Nikki Hudman, is board certified in family law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. This shows her high level of expertise in all family law issues, including spousal support.
Whether you are the breadwinner or the dependent spouse, she will advocate for the best solution available to you.
Ask Your Questions About Alimony
In a consultation with Ms. Hudman, you can ask your questions, address your concerns and learn more about your legal options. Call our Austin office at (512) 827-8529 or send us an email. We stand ready to help you.