Recently we discussed permanent alimony and the reasons why some people want to put an end to permanent alimony payments. No matter which side of the issue you are on, it is vital that you understand some basic points about alimony, (also referred to as spousal support) if you are going to be facing a divorce that includes the possibility that payments to your ex-spouse will be ordered. We can help you to understand how Texas alimony laws might affect your divorce.

It is important that anyone going through a divorce understand that alimony is never guaranteed. The state’s alimony laws and guidelines are subject to change. This can make it difficult for most people to keep up with the most current laws. We can help you to learn about the current laws so that you can fully understand how they will impact your case.

There are a host of factors. including the length of the marriage, the spouses’ ages, the employability of the spouse, and the special needs of either spouse, among others, that can determine if spousal support payments will be ordered. In general, alimony payments are only ordered if one spouse would be unable to maintain his or her lifestyle in a reasonable manner. That would mean that the spouse doesn’t have a way to support himself or herself without the aid of the ex-spouse.

When you are going through a divorce, spousal support payments are often a source of contention. We can help you show your side of the alimony argument when the time comes for the decision to be made.