Most Houston area couples believe that their marriage will stand the test of time. But statistics show that a large number will end. In the event of a divorce, a spouse may wonder whether or not they will be awarded spousal support if he or she requests alimony.
How is alimony determined? Alimony is usually awarded to help eliminate any economic advantages that one spouse may have. Many couples have one spouse who makes significantly more money than the other, so alimony is a way to make the discrepancy fairer in the event of a divorce. Many times, one spouse stays at home to take care of the family so alimony is often awarded in order for that spouse to have the time to gain job skills or to keep the lifestyle they had during the marriage.