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Spousal support and Alimony

Spousal Support
Spousal Support or spousal maintenance (sometimes called alimony) may be ordered by the court in a Final Decree of divorce. One spouse could be ordered to pay a monthly amount of financial support to the ex-spouse after the divorce is final. Texas has some fairly strict rules regarding who would qualify for post-divorce spousal maintenance.
The spouse seeking post-divorce spousal maintenance must first show that one of the following scenarios applies to him/her;
1. the spouse is unable to provide for his/her minimum reasonable needs;
2. the spouse who would be paying support was convicted or received deferred adjudication for family violence committed during the marriage against the spouse asking for maintenance.; or
3. the spouse seeking maintenance is unable to provide for his/her minimum reasonable needs because of a mental or physical impairment.
Amount of Support
The amount of spousal maintenance that a court can order is the lesser of $5,000.00 or 20% of the paying spouse's gross income.
Duration of Support
1. If there was family violence and the marriage lasted less than ten years, the court may order support for no more than five years.
2. If the marriage lasted between ten and twenty years, the court may order support for no more than five years.
3. If the marriage lasted between twenty and thirty years the court may order support for no more than seven years.
4. If the marriage lasted more than thirty years the court may order support for no more than ten years.
Temporary Spousal Support
Temporary Spousal Support may be ordered during the pendency of the divorce. It would be paid to a spouse that makes significantly less than the other spouse. Temporary Spousal Support ends once the divorce has become final. 

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