Alimony Lawyers in Forth Worth
Tarrant County Legal Assistance For Alimony & Spousal Support
It is not uncommon for alimony to be an issue in a Texas divorce. In divorce proceedings, including those involving spousal support, we represent clients at Mark Childress Law. Call us to schedule a consultation so we can discuss your case.
Find out if you will have to pay or receive spousal support in Texas by contacting one of our attorneys.
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How is Alimony Defined in Texas?
A spouse may be awarded alimony (also called spousal support or spousal maintenance) after a divorce is finalized. Maintaining a lifestyle established during a marriage is the purpose of spousal maintenance. It is possible to issue spousal support temporarily or permanently, and it can be modified in certain circumstances.
How Is Alimony Determined in Texas?
Texas alimony laws state that when a couple gets divorced, they can agree outside of court about whether one spouse should receive alimony, and the court is likely to approve the arrangement.
Often, though, spouses are unable to agree on alimony, and they have to ask the court to make the determination, which is basically a two-part process.
First, the court will determine whether the spouse seeking alimony is eligible to receive it.
Texas courts take into consideration many factors when determining eligibility for court-ordered alimony, also called spousal maintenance. Of primary concern, though, is whether the spouse seeking alimony is able to provide for his or her own minimum reasonable needs. If not, then alimony may be ordered.
The court may also order alimony under any of the following circumstances:
- The spouse being asked to pay alimony was convicted of a family violence crime against the other spouse or the other spouse's child.
- The spouses were married for at least 10 years and the spouse seeking alimony is unable to earn sufficient income to cover basic needs.
- The spouse seeking maintenance has an incapacitating mental or physical disability.
- The spouse seeking maintenance is the custodian of a child who requires special care because of a mental or physical disability.
Second, the court will determine the amount and duration of payments.
Depending on the circumstances, there may be multiple factors that affect the amount and duration of spousal maintenance. Those factors include:
- Each spouse's financial resources and ability to provide for his or her own basic needs
- The age, earning ability, education and employment history of the spouse seeking alimony
- The physical and emotional condition of the spouse seeking alimony
- How long it would take for the spouse seeking alimony to acquire the education or job training needed to provide for his or her own basic needs
- How much property each spouse brought to the marriage
- Whether court-ordered alimony would affect either spouse's ability to pay child support
- A spouse's contribution as a homemaker
- Any marital misconduct such as cruel treatment or adultery
- Any history of family violence
- Any acts by either spouse that resulted in the abnormal loss, destruction or concealment of community property
Keep in mind that court-ordered alimony is based on facts presented to the court, and an experienced Fort Worth divorce attorney is best suited to make your case.
Whether you are seeking maintenance or being asked to pay, it is important to work with a lawyer who will give you straightforward, cost-effective guidance in divorce and family law matters. A skilled negotiator can present your case and help ensure that your quality of life does not suffer after your divorce.
For more on alimony and property division, please see the Law Offices of Mark M. Childress, PLLC' divorce overview.
Is Alimony Taxable in Texas?
If you live in Fort Worth and are grappling with the complexity of alimony taxation, it is advisable to contact a Fort Worth-based alimony lawyer for more guidance.
In Texas, alimony payments are generally taxable to the payee and deductible by the payer as long as they meet Internal Revenue Service guidelines.
- For example, if the recipient is declared as reliant on the payer for spousal support in Texas, then it will likely be taxable income for them.
- Conversely, if the recipient isn’t declared dependent on their ex-spouse, then it isn’t taxable but won’t be deductible for their former partner.
A Fort Worth alimony lawyer can review your individual situation and offer advice about how best to handle your taxes so that you are in compliance with both state and federal tax law.
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