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Questions About Spousal Support In Texas?

Spousal support, also known as alimony, is meant to help divorcing couples maintain their lifestyle after separating. It can be difficult to know what you are entitled to as well as what is expected. The Law Office of Brian Bagley, PLLC, has worked with clients throughout Texas. We can explain your options and determine what is in your best interest. After reading the frequently asked questions below, call our office today to discuss your case. You can reach our office in Plano at 972-910-2203 or fill out our contact form.

Q: What is the maximum amount of spousal support one can receive?

A: The court will not make a spouse pay more than $5,000 per month or 20% of the paying spouse’s average monthly income. They will take a look at all assets of both parties before making a final decision.

Q: What does the court consider when determining spousal support?

A: There are a number of factors they will look at, including the length of the marriage, standard of living during the marriage, the earning capacity of each spouse and the health of each partner. The purpose is to make sure each party is financially able to maintain their lifestyle after divorce.

Q: Does a judge need to determine how much alimony I receive?

A: No. This can be done through mediation or arbitration. If both parties are willing to negotiate, we can act as a neutral third party. We can then come up with an agreement together that works for everyone involved.

Q: How long am I guaranteed spousal support?

A: Every case is different, but typically you will receive alimony until one party dies, you remarry or the court determines it is no longer necessary. If you have a significant life change, it is important to know that spousal support can be adjusted. For example, perhaps you lost your job or got a significant pay increase. This can change how much you are legally obligated to pay each month.