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Alimony, also known as spousal support or maintenance, is often awarded to one party to another during a legal divorce situation. The court can look at and examine all aspects of a divorce case to determine alimony decisions. There are many different forms of alimony and the court will have to take into consideration many factors to make a final decision. It could be temporary, or rehabilitative, spousal support or it can last permanently.
Factors Used to Determine an Alimony Award
This periodic payment from one spouse to another can take place if one spouse was convicted of a criminal offense that pertained to an act of family abuse within two years prior to the date which the divorce case was filed. If the divorce was 10 years or longer and the spouse that desires maintenance does not have sufficient property or assets, they may be entitled to a substantial award. If the spouse seeking an award clearly lacks the ability to earn money, financial support can be required.
If children are involved, alimony will be an addition to child support. The court can take into consideration the child support amount when determining alimony. An attorney from our firm can help determine whether temporary or permanent alimony will be necessary and other factors that should be taken into consideration. If the spouse that is seeking maintenance has proven attentiveness to seeking employment to care for themselves or developing skills to become self-supportive, alimony is given heavy consideration. The court takes into consideration the nature, amount, duration and type of payment by considering:
- Their financial resources
- Their employment skills
- Duration of the marriage
- Personal factors such as age
- Marital misconduct
- Spending habits
How The Carlson Law Firm Can Help
These and many other factors are used by the court to determine payments. At The Carlson Law Firm, we strive to provide the help that clients require during difficult legal situations. You will need to ensure that your well-being is cared for succeeding a divorce, and our firm is here to help. We can help you through this situation, so contact one of our offices in Killeen, Temple or Round Rock for a free consultation. We serve clients in Williamson, Bell, Coryell, Lampasas and Milam counties.