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It should come as no surprise that spousal support is not as easily calculated as child support. Although both alimony and child support are commonly discussed topics during a divorce, they have little to do with each other and are calculated quite differently. There are several different elements a family court may consider when making...
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Spousal support, commonly referred to as alimony, is the payment from one spouse to another either ordered by the family court or agreed-upon in a divorce settlement agreement. Alimony is designed to limit any unfair economic advantage one spouse has over another. It can be ordered as rehabilitative, temporary or permanent. While there are several...
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Alimony is one of the most talked about divorce topics ever. Some people agree with it, and some people hate the very idea. Contrary to popular belief, in Texas alimony is not automatic, and while there are many different types of alimony, ordered for many different reasons, one common type that is less well known...
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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...
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In the course of a divorce, a judge can decide whether the soon-to-be-former spouse will be required to pay spousal support and, if so, how much he or she will have to pay. With the changing dynamic of the working family, alimony payments aren’t as prevalent as they were in the past, but they are...
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Unlike child support payments, alimony is to be reported as income by its recipients. Therefore, people who pay alimony are able to deduct the payments on their income tax forms. The deduction is only available if the payments are made according to a divorce or separation order, and voluntary payments do not qualify. Alimony does...
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Many Texas spouses elect to receive or are offered lump sum alimony when they divorce. However, in many cases these same people must return to court and obtain an order forcing their former spouses to pay what the court has already stated as part of the divorce decree. In these situations, a monthly alimony payment...
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Although alimony, or maintenance as it is called in Texas, is difficult to obtain, it is allowable and ordered if the spouse requesting it meets certain statutory requirements. When family violence has not been involved, the marriage must have lasted at least 10 years in most cases. If family violence has been involved either in...
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Texas residents who are going through a divorce may know that spousal support may be granted on an individual basis. The parties to the divorce may reach decisions about spousal support, or if that is not possible, the court will decide. The court determination is based on specific factors. Spousal support is often intended to...
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Texas residents involved in a divorce proceeding are often surprised by how complicated the process is regarding spousal support, or alimony. The two types of alimony in Texas are spousal maintenance payments, which are ordered by the court, and contractual alimony. Laws regarding spousal maintenance were first enacted in 1995. In order to quality for...
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