During a marriage, one spouse may make significantly more money than the other and may have provided for the needs of their spouse and the needs of the family. The most common example of this is when the married couple has children and one spouse chooses to stay home to care for the children and the other spouse continues to work. However, in the event of a divorce, the lesser earning spouse may have difficulty transitioning from being financially supported to financially supporting themselves. This is especially true when the marriage has lasted for many years, or the lesser earning spouse is disabled.
Many spouses need time after a divorce to learn how to live on their own again. Alimony – also known as spousal support – is awarded to lesser earning spouses for a period of time following a dissolution of marriage in order to provide financial stability while he or she learns a new trade or re-enters the work force. In some cases, permanent alimony may be awarded if the spouse is disabled or is unable to support his or herself for other reasons.
Alimony can be a touchy subject in family court. Whether you are seeking alimony or are being sought after for alimony payments, you need the support and legal advice of a seasoned Texas divorce attorney. At the Law Office Of Malcolm S. Nettles, we are committed to providing you with the best possible legal service throughout all stages of your case.