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Why may one spouse be awarded alimony?

On Behalf of | Aug 7, 2015 | Spousal Support

When two people are getting a divorce, they may find that they disagree on many things. One may want to walk away with certain property, while the other feels it should be divided evenly. Along with a discussion about property division and other legal divorce matters, spouses may end up trying to resolve the issue of spousal support, also known as alimony.

When a person requests spousal maintenance during the divorce process, they are asking for a certain amount of money paid to them by their soon to be former spouse. The reasoning for this may be due to them not being able to support themselves or them having to support themselves and a child. Whatever the reason may be, when the request is made, the courts have to consider awarding this spouse alimony.

Before making a decision to award alimony or not, a judge may decide that looking at various factors will help them make a decision. Assets, standard of living, educational level, length of the marriage, ages of the couple, health of the couple and number of children all may help them make a final decision about spousal support. Following the judge examining these things, if they agree with the requesting spouse that this money will be needed on a monthly basis, that spouse may get a certain amount in alimony.

If you need assistance while going through your divorce, a Houston divorce attorney may be able to help. Alimony may not always be awarded, but if you believe you deserve it, you may need someone by your side fighting with you. An attorney can be that person to help you win your case.


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