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Why alimony is awarded in a divorce

When people in Texas decide to divorce, the process can uncover significant financial differences between the two spouses. This is especially true when one person has dedicated time to leaving the workplace and caring for the children or has moved from one place to another to support his or her spouse's career. When one spouse will suffer financially due to the separation, the court may order spousal support for a period of time after the divorce. Alimony can be temporary in some cases while in others, it may be permanent. This difference is often based on the marriage's length.

In many cases, alimony will not be awarded at all after a very short marriage because the spouses' divergent economic circumstances were less likely to be caused by the marriage itself. It is more common in longer marriages, where one individual served as a stay-at-home parent, or the entire family was focused on supporting the successful career of one spouse, often at the expense of the other person's potential career and educational development. In the case of long marriages, typically 20 years or more, the court may award the lower-earning spouse permanent spousal support. Permanent alimony is most common when both parties are older. In shorter marriages with younger people, spousal support is more likely to be issued for a particular period of time.

This type of rehabilitative alimony is intended to help people get more education and develop their careers to support themselves in the future. Spousal support can be awarded to either male or female partners depending on the economic and family circumstances in each particular case.

The financial aspects of divorce can be some of the most challenging. A family law attorney can represent a divorcing person who is seeking a fair settlement on matters like property division and alimony.

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