Monday, September 14, 2009

Alimony has come to Texas!

TX Family Code Chapter 8 -- Maintenance.
We call alimony "spousal maintenance" in Texas. 
However, spousal maintenance is limited in Texas.  With some minor exceptions, the basic requirements are that the party seeking maintenance must have been married 10 years and be unable to be self-supporting. 
The monthly payment is limited to no more than $2,500 or 20% of the payor's income, whichever is LESS.
Alimony is generally limited to no more than 3 years.  However, if the former spouse is physically or mentally disabled, payments may extend for AS LONG AS THE DISABILITY CONTINUES. 
Texas now allows a wage-withholding order to help the spouse collect their spousal maintenance.

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