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The Experience You Need When Seeking Spousal Support In San Antonio

When choosing a divorce attorney to address the issue of spousal maintenance (alimony) with a Texas court, it is important to have a qualified attorney by your side who knows how to make the most persuasive arguments to the judge, providing the evidence that the court needs to justify an award of spousal support.

At Sralla Family Law PLLC, we pride ourselves in possessing the experience to give our clients a high percentage of prevailing on any and all issues arising in divorce. This includes the often-tricky maneuver of convincing a judge to award spousal maintenance.

Spousal Maintenance: What To Know

Under certain conditions in Texas, a divorcing spouse may qualify for spousal support, also known as alimony. To qualify for spousal support in Texas courts, the party requesting maintenance must meet one of the following requirements:

  • The paying spouse was convicted of family violence within two years of the date of divorce.
  • The marriage was 10 years or longer.
  • The requesting spouse lacks sufficient property to provide for their minimal needs and/or is unable to support himself/herself through appropriate employment because of an incapacitating disability.
  • The marriage was 10 years or longer, and the requesting spouse lacks sufficient property to provide for minimal needs and is the custodian of a child who requires substantial care and personal supervision, making it necessary for that spouse to remain at home with that child.
  • The marriage was 10 years or longer, and the requesting spouse lacks sufficient property to provide for minimal needs and the requesting spouse lacks earning ability in the job market sufficient to provide support for minimal needs.

Many courts are reluctant to grant spousal support and set the bar quite high for a requesting spouse, making spousal maintenance one of the more complicated forms of relief to achieve in a Texas divorce. However, most judges will award spousal support where the requesting party clearly falls into one of the four categories listed above.

Spousal support is available for qualifying spouses for a maximum term of three years under state law unless the requesting spouse suffers from an incapacitating physical or mental disability. In that case, spousal maintenance can be ordered for an indefinite term.

Speak With A Texas Spousal Maintenance Lawyer Today

Sralla Family Law PLLC is the reliable team to represent you if you are interested in receiving spousal support. Contact us today for a free consultation with a qualified family law attorney in San Antonio. Please call 210-600-9565 or send us an email today.