Houston Alimony Attorneys
Post Divorce Maintenance, Spousal Support and Alimony in Texas
Spousal support (or alimony) solutions are not one-size-fits-all. A judge can order post-divorce spousal support
or alimony if a person meets the
minimum requirements imposed by the Texas Family Code, but it’s not guaranteed, which
is why retaining a skilled family law attorney is important. Different
approaches are suitable for different situations and there are creative
ways to approach each post divorce maintenance case.
At Hendershot Cannon Martin & Hisey, P.C., our family law attorneys
have the resources to deal with any alimony or post-divorce maintenance
issue and the litigation experience to take any case to trial. Our
Houston-based family law firm has a proven reputation for handling
divorce cases in Houston and throughout Texas with skill, confidence, and compassionate one-on-one
representation. Our family law practice is led by Shareholder-
Leanna Cannon who is
Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Board Certification is a mark
of excellence and a distinguishing accomplishment.
To get started on your Post Divorce Maintenance, Spousal Support or Alimony
Divorce Case - Lawyer up with our
award-winning divorce attorneys. Call (713) 909-7323or
Contact us online 24/7.
What Are My Options for Spousal Support?
When a marriage ends, there is more than one way to create responsibilities
Alimony or Spousal Support: Alimony is an additional payment one spouse makes to the other spouse
(not part of the division of property or child support). In Texas, alimony
is still considered “need base.” As a result, alimony is not
guaranteed and the amount paid should not exceed the amount needed. Our
family law firm knows what the
courts will consider when determining spousal support and the considerations that go into the
amount of support and time-span.
Temporary Spousal Support: A spouse can get a court order directing the other spouse to make spousal
payments until the divorce is finalized. Whether you are seeking such
support or faced with having to pay it, we can protect your right to be
treated fairly throughout the process.
Contractual Alimony: Couples can agree to support payments based on contract law, rather than
the Texas family code. Our firm is adept at working out these agreements
in appropriate cases, such as in marriages of short duration that do not
qualify for alimony.
Lump Sum payment: Rather than periodic payments spouses may agree to a lump sum payment of
Factors Affecting Support Negotiations or Awards
In 2011, the Texas Legislature significantly broadened the maximum possible
duration and amount of post-divorce maintenance. But many factors besides
duration of the marriage affect negotiations between the parties and judges'
rulings on alimony or support payments.
- Some of these factors include:
Marital Misconduct - Adultery, domestic violence, or financial wrongdoing can negatively
affect a spouse's position.
Contribution as a Homemaker - If one spouse sacrificed career to take care of the kids, the case for
spousal support becomes stronger.
Employability & Vocational Skills - If a spouse in a long-term marriage has been out of the workforce for
a long time, they may seek support payments to maintain a reasonable standard
Separate Property - If the spouse seeking support has a lot of separate property, the case
for support is weaker.
Property Division - Judges do tend to consider how much money or property someone is getting
from the overall property settlement when considering a spousal support amount.
Alimony Lawyers for Professionals & Business Owners
firm's business experience is of special value when approaching many
We are very familiar with considerations such as the valuation of shares
in a business or professional practice and the tax deductibility of contractual
alimony. If contractual alimony is the best way to resolve your case,
we can help you determine whether it is best structured as a lump sum
or in periodic payments.
The best way to help yourself is to provide detailed information about
your case. We will follow up with questions to determine what is needed
to act most effectively on your behalf. Talk with one of our experienced
family law attorneys in a confidential consultation. To reach us, call
(713) 909-7323 or
contact us online.