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What is alimony during a divorce in Texas?

Over the course of a divorce in Texas, the subject of alimony might come up at some point. When that question comes up, it is vital for you to understand what that means. There are some very specific points about alimony that people who are filing for divorce in Texas should know.

What is alimony?

Alimony is also known as spousal support. This is money paid to one spouse by the other spouse. The terms of alimony are set forth by the court unless you and your spouse can come to together on the terms of the alimony. There are very strict requirements regarding alimony in Texas. One example is that alimony is limited to 20 percent of the paying spouse's gross income or $5,000, whichever of those is the least amount is the one that is applicable.

What is contractual maintenance?

Contractual maintenance refers to the mutual agreement spouses can make regarding spousal support. In this case, you and your ex would have to reach an agreement. Contractual maintenance might allow one party to receive a higher payment than what the court would order. This is important for some people because the court can only order what it would take to meet the minimum reasonable needs.

Alimony can be a touchy subject during a divorce. Knowing your rights and learning what you can about the subject might help you to determine how to handle this topic during the divorce. It is important that the advice you get takes the specific conditions of your divorce into account so you can figure out how it all affects your case.

Source: State Bar of Texas, "Pro se divorce handbook" accessed Jan. 23, 2015

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