Child support is often a hotly contested issue between divorcing couples, with parties frequently disagreeing on whether the court-ordered amount of support is too much or too little. If you do not have children, you may think that this is an area of divorce that you will not have to worry about, but you would not be entirely correct. Depending on the circumstances, a court may decide that spousal support (commonly called alimony) is appropriate for one of the divorcing parties.
Unlike child support, alimony is not something that is guaranteed to happen in a divorce, but in circumstances where one individual would be left in a grossly unfair economic situation or an economic situation very different from their accustomed standard of living, alimony will likely be instituted. This means that if one spouse was the sole wage earner and the other spouse kept the house and/or had no steady career, there is a strong chance that the wage earner will be required to pay alimony to the other party.
There are many different factors that affect alimony, including how much alimony will be paid and how long it will be paid for. In most instances, courts will establish a time upon which alimony payments will no longer be legally required, but this is not always the case.
In order for Texas residents to truly understand how alimony will affect their divorce, it is highly recommended that they meet with an attorney who has experience with family law and alimony in Texas. This is because the law varies by state, and with so many factors affecting alimony, state-specific laws are just another issue that may cause confusion. Legal assistance can help you understand how your circumstances will affect your alimony and could even affect how much, and if any, alimony is paid.