One of few certainties in a Texas divorce is that both spouses' financial circumstances will change in significant ways. If you believe you should receive spousal support — often called alimony or spousal maintenance — it is essential to consult a knowledgeable lawyer who will analyze and build your case. If your divorcing spouse seeks spousal maintenance from you, protection against an order that is excessive in amount, duration or both is equally critical.

Will You Be Ordered To Pay Spousal Maintenance? Do You Believe You Should Receive It?

Spousal maintenance orders are far from automatic in Texas divorce cases today. In fact, the majority of divorces lead to no such award at all. If your marriage lasted 10 years or longer, however, and one spouse's earning capacity is limited or certain other factors apply, this may be a pivotal concern for your future. Attorney Linda Hoak will advise you and defend your rights every step of the way.

Unlike child support, which is guideline-based and ordered in nearly every divorce with children, spousal maintenance is often contested. Disputes over the higher-earning spouse's actual income and the financial needs of the wife or husband seeking alimony may be intense. Key considerations for you may include:

  • Temporary spousal support orders are often issued at a hearing soon after the divorce petition is filed, and so thorough preparation can be the key to avoiding an undesirable precedent from being set.
  • Military service personnel and others with complex compensation structures should select divorce attorneys with extensive, relevant experience in financially intricate divorce cases.
  • Spousal maintenance disputes can be resolved in numerous ways without resorting to divorce litigation, such as negotiation of a lumpsum payment or a like-kind exchange when dividing marital property, assets and debts.

Call 903-531-9100 or Send an Email Inquiry to Linda R. Hoak | Attorney at Law

Linda Hoak is a lawyer with outstanding credentials and proven ability to handle the most financially complex aspects of divorce. As you set expectations and make decisions that will impact your financial well-being for years to come, you can count on her for engaged, informed advocacy. To request an in-depth consultation, contact our Tyler-based legal team now by telephone or email. We offer translation capabilities for nonnative speakers and a 10 percent discount for active and former U.S. military service members.