Spousal Maintenance And Support

The state of Texas grants spousal maintenance (also known as alimony) in certain instances. For some individuals, this money is necessary to start the next chapter of life on a secure financial footing.

At the Law Office of Craig A. Patton, we represent both individuals seeking spousal maintenance and those who may be required to pay support. We will advocate on your behalf to ensure that you are treated fairly during this process.

What You Can Expect During Spousal Maintenance Proceedings

In Texas, generally you must have been married for at least 10 years for the court to consider spousal maintenance orders. If the marriage has reached that duration, the judge will look at several factors when determining maintenance, including:

  • Sacrifices made by one spouse for the education, career or other opportunities afforded to the other spouse. This includes years spent at home raising the children.
  • Health issues or needs of the spouse requesting maintenance.
  • Earning disparity between the two spouses, often resulting from sacrifices made for the good of the family.
  • Standard of living enjoyed by the couple during the marriage.
  • Duration of the marriage.

The court often sets an amount and a duration for spousal maintenance based on these factors. Rarely is permanent spousal maintenance granted. Talk to a lawyer to determine what is likely and appropriate in your case.

Consult with an attorney about spousal maintenance or child support. Please call our El Paso-based law office today at 915-255-1888.

The material contained on this website is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as the dissemination of legal advice to anyone by the Law Office of Craig A. Patton. You should always seek the advice of an attorney, who can review and ascertain your legal needs and recommend a proper course of action regarding your situation.