Along with child custody and property division, spousal maintenance is often one of the most highly contested issues that couples encounter during divorce. Since the amount of spousal maintenance paid can have immense financial implications for both paying and receiving spouses, it is imperative that divorcing couples retain the counsel of a knowledgeable divorce attorney in order to ensure their rights are guarded and prevent tensions from escalating beyond control.
At the Law Office of Robert E. Luttrell III, our Cleburne divorce lawyer can provide the dedicated counsel you need to work together with your spouse towards an amicable solution. No matter if your divorce is contested or uncontested, our firm has what it takes to carry the legal heavy lifting and ensure your best interests are protected.
Also commonly known as spousal support or alimony, spousal maintenance is essentially the legal obligation of the higher-earning spouse to provide financial support to their spouse during and after a divorce is finalized to help them maintain the same lifestyle experienced during the marriage. While spouses may negotiate an acceptable amount of alimony on their own through collaborative means or mediation, unfortunately, this issue often escalates into high-tension legal battles which must be decided by a judge.
Factors family courts consider when determining an appropriate amount of spousal maintenance include:
Monthly spousal support payments usually may not exceed 20% or $5,000 of the paying spouse’s average gross monthly income, whichever is less. Additionally, unless the support is needed due to physical or mental disability of the receiving spouse or because they are the custodial parent of a disabled child, the duration of spousal maintenance will be time-limited by Texas law based on the length of the marriage.
At the Law Office of Robert E. Luttrell III, we believe that nobody should have to endure the stress and confusion of an alimony dispute alone. Our Cleburne family lawyer understands the various laws and regulations which affect your situation and can carry the burden on your behalf, allowing you to have much needed peace of mind during this time of transition. With responsive communication and one-on-one attention, we have what it takes to help you understand your legal options and get you through this difficult time as smoothly as possible.
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