Spousal maintenance in Texas can be ordered if there is a finding of family violence and/or if the couple has been married for ten or more years.
Spousal support does not go on forever, but the duration will be determined by the length of the marriage. If the couple was married from 10-20 years, the spousal support may be ordered for 5 years. If they were married from 20-30 years, support may be ordered for 7 years.
The spouse receiving the support can be awarded up to 20% of the payor's gross income.
Spousal support is not automatic, and the spouse seeking this support must show the judge that the support is reasonable and fair in the circumstances.
A Texas Family Law attorney can help you evaluate your case to determine if you might be entitled to spousal support.
Kalish Law Office - The Woodlands Texas Helping clients with spousal support issues and other family law issues since 1984!