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May 2015 Archives

Am I eligible to receive spousal maintenance after my divorce?

Alimony, or spousal maintenance as it is called in Texas, is a periodic payment made from one spouse to the other and generally comes from the paying spouse's income. Texas residents may be aware that when a marriage comes to an end a spouse may be eligible to receive alimony from their soon to be ex-spouse. This is particularly true if the receiving spouse does not have enough property at the time of divorce to take care of his or her basic needs. You may be unaware, however, that in addition to being unable to meet basic needs, Texas spouses need to fulfill certain other criteria to become eligible to receive maintenance.

Understanding property division principles and process helps

When a couple is divorcing, their assets are divided according to equitable property division rules. The complexity of the process can vary by the number and nature of the assets involved in the divorce process. Understanding the property division process and how it works can lend itself to a smoother divorce process which can save time, money and acrimony for the parties involved.