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Spousal support in Texas

 Posted on July 05, 2013 in Spousal Support

LucyMany factors contribute to determining spousal support in Texas. These support payments may also alter other parts of the divorce agreement, such as property distribution. If an agreement on this issue is unable to be reached between spouses in Texas, the District Court will order the spousal support considering many factors before making a final decision. The court must decide the amount, duration, the nature, and the style of the periodic payments that will go from one spouse to the other based on the following factors:

  • The education level and job skills of each spouse
  • The efforts put forth by the spouse seeking support to pursue available employment
  • The ability to meet the personal needs of the spouse who must potentially pay the support
  • The financial resources of each of the spouses
  • The financial resources of the spouse who is seeking the spousal support, including any and all community and separate property liabilities given to that spouse in the divorce settlement, along with that spouse's ability to meet his or her own needs independently, without support
  • The contribution of either spouse as a homemaker
  • The earning ability, age, health condition and employment history of the support-seeking spouse
  • Any contribution that one spouse may have made to the education or earning ability of the other spouse
  • The length of time that the couple was married
  • The division of all of the marital assets
  • Pre-marital property of both spouses
  • Marital conduct of the spouse that is seeking spousal support from the other

If you are going through a divorce, or are considering it, and may have to deal with spousal support, contact a divorce attorney for assistance. Attorneys at the Powers Kerr & Rashidi, PLLC can help you in Austin, Tex. today.

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