During a divorce, the court attempts to prevent either spouse from feeling a dramatic change of lifestyle once things are finalized by arranging alimony payments. Alimony, also known as spousal support, may be established to provide monthly payments to the dependent spouse for a set amount of time.
If you believe you require spousal support to continue living comfortably and you are being denied it, our Burleson alimony attorneys from Coontz Cochran can help you. We can also assist you if you feel your ex-spouse is demanding too much from you and payments are crippling your finances.
According to Texas law, there are detailed requirements to determine whether or not you are eligible for spousal support. It will not be granted immediately and first requires a proper review of your and your ex-spouse's financial and living situations.
The court will consider various factors to establish a fair amount of alimony, such as:
If your ex-spouse makes significantly more than you, the odds of you winning spousal support may be high. There is no set amount, however, and you may be shorted if you do not approach the situation with an experienced family law attorney at your side.
Just as there is no guarantee as to how much money you will be awarded, there is also no defined statute as to how long you should receive alimony benefits. When children are involved, spousal support can last for years, if not indefinitely. Among the few things that can cease a permanently established alimony are death and remarriage.
As your needs change over the course of time, the amount you are rewarded can either increase or decrease. Modifications will require a court's review. To ensure you are not getting too little or paying too much, take legal action with Coontz Cochran today.
Since 1990, Coontz Cochran has represented clients in Burleson, Johnson County, and across Greater Fort Worth in all sorts of family law cases. Our attorneys share more than 50 years of combined legal experience, and we tailor our legal representation according to each unique situation.
Contact our firm to consult an attorney today and settle your spousal support disputes once and for all. Call (888) 858-0536 now.
Prior to joining Coontz Cochran, Jeff Cochran was an associate in the Arlington, Texas office of Hill Gilstrap. He then joined the Firm in 1999. He handles our Family Law litigation practice almost exclusively.