This video talks about spousal maintenance or alimony. Find out when and how much is usually awarded.
The spousal maintenance laws have changed in Texas. We’re currently updating the video to reflect the new laws.
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About this Spousal Maintenace or Alimony Video
Texas has options for spousal maintenance, or alimony, but it’s intended to be rehabilitative in nature.
What does that mean?
Let’s assume that one spouse has put their career on hold to raise children while the other spouse continued working. After the divorce, the spouse that had been out of the workforce might need to get a job. Unfortunately, they might need additional education or job training. The spousal maintenance is intended to help support the person long enough for them to develop marketable job skills.
When is spousal maintenance awarded?
There are limits to the amount of spousal maintenance that can be awarded based on the length of your marriage:
- 0 to 10 years – spousal support is generally not awarded
- 10 years to less than 20 years – up to $5,000 per month or 20 % of gross income, whichever is less, for a period of up to 5 years
- 20 years to less than 30 years – up to $7,500 per month or 20% of gross income, whichever is less, for a period of up to 7 years
- 30 or more years – up to $10,000 per month or 20% of gross income for up to 10 years
Contractual or Agreed Spousal Maintenance
If you agree to contractual spousal maintenance, it can be whatever you and your spouse agree on. You and your spouse can choose to make the payments be for any amount you want for however long you want.