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A few factors judges look at when granting alimony

Couples in Texas who are going through the divorce process are often concerned about the way divorce will affect their finances and standard of living. One question that often arises has to do with if an ex-wife will qualify for alimony. While judges will look at a variety of factors, there are some general guidelines that determine if they will award alimony to an ex-wife.

It is common for judges to look at the standard of living that the couple enjoyed during their marriage and see if a wife has the ability to maintain that standard of living on her own. The judge may take into consideration the fact that a wife may have devoted time to domestic duties while she was married as opposed to furthering her education or developing skills that would have allowed her to pursue a career.

The debts and assets of the couple will likely play a role in a wife being granted alimony. The judge may look at any assets that would allow an ex-wife to generate income or if the ex-wife has a substantial inheritance that she will be able to use after the divorce. Some wives qualify for alimony if they retain the marital home but do not have the means to pay for it.

Judges will also consider how long the marriage lasted. If an ex-wife was not employed during the marriage, she is likely to qualify for alimony.

Since the factors that judges consider when awarding alimony to an ex-wife vary from state to state, individuals may want to consult a family law attorney. The attorney may be able to provide information about the likelihood that an ex-wife would receive alimony based on the couple's circumstances. The attorney may also be able to provide information about spousal maintenance, failure to pay alimony or spousal support modification.

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