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The State of Spousal Support in Texas

Spousal support in Texas is generally considered to be a very limited remedy for divorcing spouses. The requesting spouse must meet certain initial thresholds regarding the longevity of the marriage, the inability to support themselves, and the ability of the non-requesting spouse to pay the support.

Short of convincing the Court this very limited situation is present in your case, or by an agreement of the parties, the Court will not order spousal support in the Final Decree for any period of time.

Temporary Spousal Support

It is important to understand that a Court has much more power with regards to issuing spousal support on a temporary basis as part of a Temporary Orders Agreement. The Temporary Orders are orders that remain in effect while the case is pending in the Court. This may be a couple months or it may even be a couple of years in some extreme cases.

Temporary spousal support may be ordered to be paid in cases where:

  • One spouse will have a decreased standard of living due to fewer economic resources
  • It will take one spouse longer to get trained or find employment
  • One spouse has physical or mental disabilities and require financial resources
  • One parent has primary custody over a child with special needs

If you believe that a spousal support claim will be an issue in your case, it is extremely important that you speak with an experienced Dallas spousal support attorney at the beginning of the process to discuss your options with regards to a final decree and temporary orders.

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