What Is Spousal Maintenance?
Though it is not awarded in all cases, spousal maintenance (also called alimony and spousal support) is something that is considered in all divorce proceedings. This is the amount of money that is paid from one spouse to the other in order to support the spouse’s life and lifestyle. If you believe you are entitled to spousal maintenance or are attempting to prevent spousal maintenance from being ordered, it is important that you consult with an experienced divorce attorney. Your lawyer can explain how spousal maintenance is handled in Texas and the laws that govern how spousal maintenance is awarded.
At the office of Traci Hutton, Attorney At Law, Ms. Hutton works closely with financial advisers, business evaluators, notaries and family therapists to best protect the interests of every client. Her talent for bringing opposing parties together, and to achieve satisfying outcomes via mediation and collaborative law, is well-known. You can have complete confidence in her ability to expedite a favorable outcome while staying available to your questions and concerns.
Standing By You Throughout Your Divorce
Having been through a divorce herself, Traci Hutton understands the difficulty that is involved in these types of cases. Divorce is an emotionally charged process, and money can be a highly heated hot topic of conversation. It is important to Ms. Hutton that all parties understand that spousal maintenance be fair and appropriate in order for a spouse to get on his or her feet and maintain a life separate from the spouse that here she was married to.
Factors In Determining Maintenance
The courts consider a number of factors when they are determining spousal support, including:
- The length of the marriage
- The age of the parties
- The health of parties
- The assets that both parties brought into the marriage
- The assets accumulated throughout the course of the marriage by both parties
- The income earning capacity of each party