In many marriages, one spouse serves as the primary breadwinner while the other spouse plays a different role, often taking care of young children and other obligations. In many cases, the dependent spouse made sacrifices of career or education over the years to support the spouse who is now the primary breadwinner.
If the two get divorced, the dependent spouse is at a great disadvantage. This person has often been out of the work force for years with children and has possibly not completed the education needed to get a job that would support his or her current standard of living.
Houston Alimony And Spousal Support Attorneys — Helping To Smooth The Transition
Spousal maintenance is available to help ease this transition and provide for that dependent spouse as he or she works toward financial independence. It is only available, however, if the spouse seeking maintenance can prove that he or she does not have the property or assets to provide for reasonable needs and lifestyle.
At Fabio & Merrill, we work to provide solutions in this area that reflect the needs and long-term goals of our clients. Our attorneys understand just how overwhelming this can be and work to provide peace of mind and an assurance that the future will be provided for.
Spousal maintenance is a court-ordered arrangement where the breadwinner must pay the dependent spouse a monthly payment that is set by the discretion of the judge. Often the amount and duration of the payments are influenced by the division of property, the duration of the marriage, sacrifices made by the dependent spouse and level of need and lifestyle. Temporary spousal maintenance is often available during the divorce proceedings; permanent spousal maintenance is not always available.
Generally, the dependent spouse must demonstrate that he or she is working toward becoming independent, either by searching for a job or by furthering his or her education.
Divorce alimony is ordered when there is an agreement between the spouses and set out in a contract, attached to the divorce decree. This monthly payment from the financially secure spouse to the dependent spouse can be beneficial for both. The payer can reduce his or her tax bracket and the recipient has a steady income on which he or she is taxed. These agreements are often used for bargaining in the division of assets to arrive at an equitable split.
Contact A Temporary Spousal Maintenance Lawyer
To learn more about how we can assist you in alimony and spousal support negotiations, please contact our firm at 713-568-3341 or toll free at 866-761-1513.