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Houston Spousal Support Lawyer

Spousal support is a term often used generically to refer to both court-ordered spousal maintenance and contractual alimony. However, it is important to understand that these are two different concepts. At The Lincoln Law Firm, PLLC, we have the experience to know when each of these concepts applies. Ultimately, our goal is to make certain that your divorce sets the stage for the best possible future, whether or not that includes spousal support.

To schedule your consultation, call 281-970-9005. You may also fill out a contact form and someone from our firm will be in touch with you soon.

Spousal Maintenance

Recently, the law regarding spousal maintenance changed dramatically in Texas. Except for a few instances, the court will only order spousal maintenance if the marriage lasted at least a decade, and only if it can be demonstrated that the proposed payee would not be able to meet minimum needs after the divorce. The new law increased the length of time one can receive support and it increased the amount one can receive for spousal maintenance. A summary of the law regarding spousal support for its duration and amount is:

  • Up to five years of spousal maintenance for marriages that lasted 10 to 20 years
  • Up to seven years of spousal maintenance for marriages that lasted 20 to 30 years
  • Up to 10 years of spousal maintenance for marriages that lasted more than 30 years

The above periods are the maximum amount of time a judge could order spousal support. The presumption in the law is against the court ordering spousal support, unless one can prove that he or she is unable to provide for his or her minimum reasonable needs. Spousal support can be ordered to be paid by a husband or a wife.

The new law also defines the amount of spousal maintenance that will be paid. The maximum monthly payment is 20 percent of the payer's gross income up to $5,000.

Contractual Alimony

In some cases, both spouses may reach an agreement that one will pay a certain amount of alimony to the other for a defined period of time. This may be done in relation to property division agreements. This is not court ordered and only enforceable as a contract. Our Houston spousal support attorney will help you determine if this is an option in your case.

Contact An Alimony Attorney Serving Tomball

We look forward to speaking with you. To arrange a consultation with a spousal support lawyer, please call 281-970-9005 or contact us by email. Hours: Monday-Thursday, 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. and Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Attorney Christine K. Lincoln

Christine K. Lincoln offers sound counsel and legal services to protect clients and their families facing divorce and other family disputes.

She will take the time to understand your individual needs and develop a comprehensive solution to protect your rights and interests.

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