Frequently Asked Questions about Houston Alimony Arrangements

Photo of File ArchiveHaving been a Houston alimony attorney for many years, John K. Grubb often receives the same general questions about spousal support from his clients. He has compiled the most frequently asked questions below. If you have questions about your specific case and you need to speak with Houston spousal support attorneys, please contact our law firm today to get help.

Having been a Houston alimony attorney for many years, John K. Grubb often receives the same general questions about spousal support from his clients. He has compiled the most frequently asked questions below. If you have questions about your specific case and you need to speak with Houston spousal support attorneys, please contact our law firm today to get help.

When am I entitled to alimony?
Alimony amounts and durations are decided upon by the courts based on the financial situation of each spouse and Texas law. While women used to always be the recipient, that is not always the case anymore, nor is it guaranteed that one spouse will receive spousal support. Courts look at each spouse’s ability to work, the future earnings of the spouses, child custody, marriage length, and more. In essence, it really just depends on your financial situation and the kind of job that you can get after the marriage ends.

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What are the different types of alimony?
There are five main types of alimony: temporary, rehabilitative, permanent, reimbursement and lump sum. Temporary alimony refers to support payments ordered while a divorce is pending, and once a final decree of divorce is issued, the temporary maintenance will either be ordered as rehabilitative or permanent. Rehabilitative alimony is awarded almost exclusively in Texas and is designed to get the spouse back on his or her feet, such as by going back to school or receiving job training. Permanent alimony is paid over a long period of time only if special circumstances warrant it, such as when the recipient spouse is mentally or physically disabled or is the custodian for a disabled or special needs child. Reimbursement alimony is repayment of support from when one spouse was in school, and lump sum alimony is a property settlement in lieu of monthly payments. You can read more about the types of alimony following the hyperlink to that section of our website.

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How can spousal support be terminated?
As Texas courts almost exclusively award rehabilitative alimony of set amount and duration, the alimony will expire on its own pursuant to the court’s order. If alimony is permanent, it may be terminated due to the death of either spouse or because the receiving spouse remarries. Alimony is modifiable in limited situations upon petition to the court if there has been a significant change in circumstances.

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When speaking with Houston alimony lawyers about your particular situation, make sure to ask questions if things do not make sense to you. The general answers above may not be applicable to your particular situation; however, our Houston alimony attorneys would be happy to answer your questions specifically.

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