Criminal Defense and family law

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Alimony / spousal support

In Texas am I required to pay alimony? 

Alimony may be awarded to the custodial parent of a child resulting from the marriage, regardless of the child's age, who requires substantial care and personal supervision due to a physical or mental disability which prohibits the parent from being employed outside the home. Additionally, alimony may be awarded to a spouse if they clearly lack earning ability in the labor market sufficient enough to provide the minimum support needed to meet reasonable means. 

How long am I required to pay alimony? 

​Under the Texas Family Code the length of time a person is required to pay alimony is determined by the number of years the parties were married.  Due to statute being very specific, please contact the AuClair Law Firm to discuss your individual situation and options. 

Can a court order granting alimony be modified? 

Yes, in Texas a subject to the court order may file a motion in the court, that original issued the order, to modify the alimony order.  

In Texas, under what circumstances does the requirement to pay alimony terminate? 

The obligation to pay future alimony terminates upon the death of either party or on the remarriage of the person receiving alimony. 

Alimony may also be terminated if the court finds that the person receiving alimony is cohabitating (lives) with another person whom they are in a dating romantic relationship in a permanent living arrangement on a continuing basis.