The purpose of spousal support or alimony is to ease the transition of divorce and help a lesser-earning spouse maintain a standard of living. It recognizes the contributions and sacrifices of a spouse who was home raising the children or scaled back on work to allow the other spouse to be successful and “bring home the bacon.”
Spousal support, commonly known as alimony, is not automatically awarded or based strictly on a formula. The skilled divorce attorneys of J.D. Milks, PLLC, can make the case for or against spousal support or help you ensure that the amount of support is fair and based on accurate information.
Our law firm represents either party in divorce, including high-income cases in which spousal support may involve thousands of dollars per month. We serve the DFW area including Tarrant, Dallas and Johnson counties.
Will There Be Alimony In Your Texas Divorce?
Alimony is frequently awarded when there is a great income disparity, such as a stay-at-home mom who did not work while her husband earned a six-figure income. In most cases, the courts will award spousal support as a short-term remedy of up to two years while the spouse goes back to school, re-enters the workforce or re-establishes a career. Lifetime alimony is awarded only if the spouse cannot work for some reason, such as a medical condition or disability.
The court considers several statutory factors in determining the amount and duration of rehabilitative spousal support or a permanent award, including age, health, income disparity, education, earning capacity, child-rearing duties and contributions that furthered the business or career of the higher-earning spouse.
Lawyers Experienced With Spousal Support
Our lawyers have negotiated spousal support as part of a divorce, custody and property settlement. We have argued successfully for and against support in contested proceedings. We can gauge whether support would likely be awarded in a particular case, so that clients can make informed decisions about this significant factor.
J.D. Milks, PLLC, also handles post-divorce support modifications, as when a spouse has remarried or become financially independent, or when the paying spouse has experienced a layoff or financial hardship.