When Texas couples divorce, spousal support can be a contentious issue. Divorce is often an emotional time, and spouses may deeply resent being ordered to maintain a financial connection with someone they are angry with. On the other hand, spouses with limited career prospects or financial resources might have good reason to request continued financial support for at least a short period of time.
While divorce may sever the marital bond, some spouses will continue to have certain responsibilities toward each other. This is particularly true when spouses have been married for a long period of time, or when one spouse's earnings are significantly greater than those of the other spouse.
Traditionally, husbands often paid spousal support after a divorce because their wives did not work during the marriage and thus had diminished career and financial prospects. However, this is less true now than it has been in the past. Women have advanced in many industries, and a lot of them out-earn their husbands.
Ideally, spouses will be able to work out between themselves an agreement regarding spousal support. Attorneys and mediators may be able to provide valuable assistance during this process. If these strategies fail, couples could go to court. Once in front of a judge, a decision will be rendered on the basis of a variety of factors, such as the length of the relationship, the ability of each partner to earn money in the future and the lifestyle experienced by the couple while married.
Individuals who are considering divorce but are concerned about their finances may benefit from speaking with a family law attorney. The lawyer could review the client's case and make recommendations regarding spousal support, child support asset division and other issues.