When you file divorce papers, it is not an exaggeration to say that your life is about to change in many ways. From your financial standing to how much time you can spend with your kids, the end of your marriage represents significant changes for you. One of the most significant ways you will experience an impact is in your finances.
Money is one of the most common reasons for divorce, and it is often one of the most hotly contested topics during the actual process. You understand the importance of getting everything to which you have a rightful claim so that you can have stability and security going forward. One way you can do this is by proving you have a legitimate need for and rightful claim to spousal support.
Who gets it?
Just because you want spousal support or you think you deserve it does not necessarily mean you will get it. This type of financial support is from the higher-earning spouse to the lesser-earning spouse in order to offset the economic hardship often felt by one spouse because of a divorce. In order for a court to award you alimony, there must be clear financial need, including evidence of the following:
- You left your job in order to support your spouse and raise your kids.
- You earned significantly less than your spouse.
- You took a lower-paying job in order to allow your spouse to advance in his or her career.
- You are unable to work for mental or physical reasons.
If the court awards you spousal support, you may not get it long term. This means that a court could give you spousal support for only a limited amount of time. Typically, this period is what a Texas family judge deems long enough for you to find additional income or re-enter the workforce. The amount of your payments and how long you could get them depends on various factors, such as how long you were out of the workforce and if you need to go back to school.
In some cases, a couple may be able to negotiate on the amount of spousal support. Whether you will settle this issue out of court or you will have to fight for the full amount you deserve, you will find it beneficial to first discuss this issue with an experienced family law attorney who can help you protect your rights and preserve your interests for years down the road.