Spousal Maintenance & Spousal Support Attorneys in Denton County
If you are or someone you care about is involved in a divorce in North Texas involving spousal support or maintenance, you need help from a team of aggressive and experienced Family Law attorneys like the team at Paine & Nolter, P.C.
At Paine & Nolter, P.C., our attorneys have more than 40 years of combined experience helping individuals and families in Denton, McKinney, Gainesville and Decatur, Texas with criminal defense and family law issues including Spousal Maintenance and Support. To learn more or discuss your divorce case with a lawyer on our team, call us today at 940-382-4200 or fill out our online form below.
Spousal Support vs. Spousal Maintenance
In Texas, “Spousal Support” is a temporary relief that you can file for while your current divorce case is pending. This support payment is legally based upon the obligation each spouse has to each other during their marriage.
On the other hand, “Spousal Maintenance” is a form of post-divorce support that has much stricter requirement discussed below.
If you are currently going through a divorce or are thinking about filing for one and live in the greater Denton, Texas area, Paine & Nolter, P.C. has a team of experienced and aggressive divorce attorneys who can help you get your best chance at securing temporary alimony. Our team will work with you to prepare your evidence and develop a full accounting of your income and expenses as well as any evidence that may be established to demonstrate the divorce will lead to limited or diminished future earning abilities.
How Maintenance Is Determined
From the outset, you must avoid assuming you are owed any form of spousal maintenance. Instead, gather all the evidence you can to support your claim that you qualify. Here’s a list of some quick facts about the eligibility and duration requirements for spousal maintenance in Texas:
- You must legally be a spouse;
- You must demonstrate you lack sufficient property to provide for minimum reasonable needs;
- You meet one of the four statutory bases for spousal maintenance:
- A marriage of at least ten years
- Victim of family violence
- You are disabled
- Your child is disabled
Duration of Spousal Maintenance:
- Married more than 10 and less than 20 years – no more than 5 years
- Married more than 20 and less than 30 years – no more than 7 years
- Married over 30 years – no more than 10 years
- Family Violence – no more than 5 years
- Disabled Spouse or Child – continues as long as eligibility requirements are met
In the state of Texas, the statutory cap for maintenance is $5,000, or 20% of the person paying spousal maintenance’s average monthly gross income.
Paine & Nolter, P.C. understands the delicate nature of support cases and has the legal expertise and litigation experience to see you through. Our commitment to you is to pursue the best course of action on your behalf, whether that be mediation, arbitration, or litigation. We have worked hard to earn a reputation as aggressive trial attorneys in order to better serve our clients. Rest assured, in the event your situation turns hostile, we will offer advocacy in family court on your behalf. Call 940-382-4200 now or fill out the form below to get started.