Unfortunately in a divorce, spouses often do not stand on equal financial footing when separated. The lawyers at Payne & Truitt understand that marriages usually involve a fair amount of give and take, and one spouse may not be able to financially stand alone initially after the marriage. Under these circumstances, some amount of financial support from the spouse who is financially sounder may be necessary.
Spousal Support in Texas
Until recently, Texas was one of the few states that did not consider providing spousal support or alimony when dividing the marital estate. Today, under changes in Texas law, it is now possible on the basis of several factors for Texas courts to award financial support to one spouse after a marriage has ended. This support is usually limited in amount and duration, but it can be critical in enabling the spouse who needs it to get back on his or her feet after the divorce.