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Richmond Alimony Lawyers
Assisting Clients With Spousal Support Matters in Fort Bend County
Alimony – also known as spousal support – is an issue that many divorcing couples face. If you are seeking alimony or wish to contest it, the Law Firm of Johnson & Gaskill PLLC provides focused and diligent representation.
Our Richmond, TX, alimony lawyers have a long history of successfully resolving spousal support disputes. With a firm-wide focus on family law, we are well-versed in the case law, statutes, and court decisions that can impact your legal matter. When it comes to an alimony dispute, experience matters. Work with a firm that has over 50 years of combined experience. Choose the Law Firm of Johnson & Gaskill PLLC.
What is Alimony?
Alimony is a form of financial support from one spouse to the other while a divorce is pending or after it has been finalized. Divorcing spouses have the option to arrange their own alimony award, or it may be ordered by the court. In Texas, courts will generally only order alimony in certain cases.
What Qualifies You for Spousal Support in Texas?
Alimony may be awarded if:
- One spouse is convicted of domestic violence during the divorce proceedings or in the two years prior
- One spouse has a physical or mental disability
- The marriage lasted 10 years or longer
- The spouse seeking support has custody of a physically or mentally handicapped child
- One spouse passed up opportunities to further their education or career to support the other spouse
Any spouse seeking alimony will be required to provide sufficient evidence as to why they need the financial support.
How Long Does Alimony Last in Texas?
Most spousal support orders last for a specific period of time, except in cases where a mentally or physically handicapped child is involved. In many states, it is available for whatever length of time the judge determines.
In the state of Texas, however, the law limits the duration of payments so that the “shortest reasonable period” is required for the terms of alimony. This time period is based on how long it should take for the receiving spouse to earn enough income to meet their minimum reasonable needs.
Alimony may be ordered for 5, 7, or 10 years, depending on the length of the marriage. Texas Family Code does place some ceilings on the duration of spousal support. These awards cannot surpass the following:
- 5 years of maintenance - if the marriage lasted at least 10 years (under 10 years in some rare cases)
- 7 years of maintenance - if the marriage lasted between 20 and 30 years
- 10 years of maintenance - if the marriage lasted longer than 30 years
Contact Our Richmond Alimony Attorney Today
Spousal support can be a complicated issue that leads to contentious disputes. At the Law Firm of Johnson & Gaskill PLLC, our alimony attorneys in Richmond, TX, and Ford Bend County have helped numerous families overcome alimony disputes for more than 29 years. Whether through mediation or litigation, our team can help you resolve this issue as efficiently as possible while protecting your rights and interests.
Contact Law Firm of Johnson & Gaskill PLLC today to get started with our Richmond alimony lawyer.
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