When you need help with a maintenance claim, call our Fort Worth alimony law firm. The attorneys at Sisemore Law Firm, P.C. understand the details of Texas alimony law. For example, Texas does not recognize an absolute legal obligation for one spouse to support another, and spousal support is not awarded in every divorce. You need experienced Fort Worth spousal support lawyers to ensure you receive the maintenance to which you are entitled.
Our Fort Worth lawyers can help you understand your right to spousal support, also known as alimony or maintenance. While child support lasts until a minor child reaches the age of legal majority, spousal support may not be permanent, or even enduring. Courts typically intend to help both spouses become self-supporting, and maintenance is only meant to be paid for as long as necessary. A spousal support order may have a definite ending date, may be subject to modification if financial situations change, or may be terminated on the death or remarriage of the receiving spouse.
Under the Texas Family Code, once a court determines a spouse is eligible to receive maintenance, the court will determine the nature, amount, duration and manner of periodic payments by considering a number of factors, including:
These factors must be clearly addressed by your child support attorney at the maintenance hearing. Perhaps you have primary custody and the needs of your children prevent you from working. Perhaps you stayed home to raise the children and are not readily employable in the workforce. Our Fort Worth divorce lawyers thoroughly prepare for your hearing and ensure the court understands your financial status when deciding how much maintenance to order.
Maintenance hearings can be complex, often involving a number of supplemental considerations, including tax implications. If you are concerned about your ability to obtain appropriate maintenance, talk to an experienced spousal support attorney at our firm. Contact Sisemore Law Firm, P.C., at 817.336.4444 today for an initial consultation.