Divorce can be emotionally and financially draining. To suddenly find yourself on your own without your spouse’s income can be financially detrimental. If you don’t work, no matter the reason, your life can feel flipped upside down. How will you afford the daily cost of living? Where will you live?
If you can’t get a job right away, or even if you can, you might not make enough to support yourself and feel lost.
While the Texas Family Code puts a maximum amount on spousal support, and Texas law doesn’t allow the term ‘alimony’ but rather spousal maintenance, the professionals at The Jackson Firm can help you understand your rights.
To qualify for spousal support, the Austin judge will listen to your case in court, hearing both sides of the story. Along with listening to the stories, he/she will also consider certain factors including the following:
If you weren’t married for over 10 years, you likely won’t get spousal support. 10 years is the minimum in Austin for judges to consider requiring one spouse to pay another maintenance. 10 years is what they consider long enough time for one spouse to become dependent on another, and a divorce could cause financial strain.
In addition to being married for at least 10 years, the duration of your spousal support depends on the length of your marriage. Typically marriages of 10 – 20 years get awarded 5 years of spousal support; 20 – 30 years get 7 years of support, and over 30 years of marriage get 10 years of support but only if the judge thinks it’s warranted.
The reason for the divorce plays an integral role in whether you get spousal support. This is why you need a qualified Austin spousal support attorney to show the reasons you deserve the maintenance.
If one spouse is guilty of the marriage falling apart, such as domestic violence or cheating, spousal support is likely for the spouse not at fault. But, if it’s a mutual decision, you’ll need more specialized help to ensure you get the support you need, which is why an Austin attorney is crucial.
It’s common for ex-spouses to fight the requirement to pay spousal support. Divorce is hard enough and then adding the cost of spousal support for 5 – 10 years can be too much for some people to handle.
Even if your spouse fights the request, though, our qualified attorneys will be by your side through the entire process, fighting for your rights. We’ve had many years of experience dealing with spouses in denial who think they don’t have to pay spousal support. We have your back every step of the way to ensure you get what you deserve.
At The Jackson Firm, we know how emotional divorce can be, and we are here to be the eyes and ears you need to ensure you get what you deserve.
Spousal maintenance can be a tough fight in divorce court since it’s not something that’s automatically awarded, like child support. You need a qualified Austin spousal support attorney that understands the law and also your rights as a human to get the support you deserve.
We consult with you to get to know your situation, how the marriage ended, the details of the situation, and why you deserve spousal support. We gather all the necessary evidence that we know the Austin courts want to award spousal maintenance.
We have your back the entire time, keeping you in the loop, and fighting hard to ensure you get the spousal support you deserve, especially if you have children with your ex-spouse.
Don’t leave your spousal support case to chance. Hire the best Austin spousal support attorneys and ensure you get what you deserve.
We are experienced, respected, and successful attorneys helping families all throughout the Austin area get what their families need. We understand how hard divorce can be – we are there for you to support you legally and emotionally through this difficult time in your life.
Contact us today at (512) 528-1900 to learn more about how we can help you get the spousal support you and your family need.