For many going through a divorce in Texas, it seems like no decision goes the right way. Naturally, you would hope to be able to keep as much money and as many assets as possible to take into your new life, but the sad fact is that community property will likely be divided in some way. Perhaps the most misunderstood ruling in some eyes involves alimony.
If you are ordered to pay spousal support, you may feel unfairly burdened. However, if you are granted alimony, it may be a relief. Like many approaching divorce, you may have many questions about this often maligned factor in marriage breakups.
Alimony is divided into two different categories: spousal support and post-divorce maintenance. Post-divorce maintenance is what most people understand as alimony. If either you or your spouse meet specific requirements, a judge may grant alimony. For example, if you or your spouse have a mental or physical disability, are caring for a disabled child or are not capable of earning a living, the other spouse may be ordered to pay maintenance for a certain time after the divorce.
Spousal support, on the other hand, is temporary financial support a judge may order if one spouse has been financially dependent on the other throughout the marriage. For example, if you have worked while your spouse remained at home, chances are your spouse will have no means to pay bills and other expenses during divorce proceedings. Spousal support allows the dependent spouse to stay on his or her feet until the divorce is finalized and community assets have been divided.
Whether you are hoping to receive alimony or dreading paying it, having legal counsel will go a long way toward protecting your interests when such decisions are made. The elements involved in divorce are complex and can be confusing. The Law Office of Rebecca Anne Gonzalez has years of experience assisting Texas spouses through this difficult time and will be able to advise you on the best steps to take to improve the chances of a positive outcome.