As the New Year approaches, many couples may be considering starting the year with a fresh start in many aspects of their life, including their personal life. Deciding to end a marriage may not be easy, but once couples decide that they no longer wish to remain married to one another, they may want to start considering what their new life will look like. There are many factors to consider when going through the marriage dissolution process and finalizing a divorce agreement, and an experienced attorney may be able to help Texas couples find a fair and favorable resolution.
If couples can come to an arrangement on their own as to spousal maintenance, then the terms of the agreement will guide how much one party is supposed to pay to the other as well as the term of payment. However, when an agreement cannot be reached, a court may make the decision. When doing so, the court will consider a limited number of factors and award maintenance as a temporary fix. As mentioned on this blog last time, the duration of the marriage is just one of the factors Texas courts consider when determining spousal maintenance arrangements.
If there are children involved, their health and care plays in, too. The receiving spouse’s own mental and physical health may also be considered, in addition to the efforts the receiving spouse put into either earning enough money to become self-sufficient or developing the skills to do so.
Though it may not seem like it, it is now easier than it was previously to secure spousal support in Texass. With changing and complex laws, it may be in an individual’s best interests to consult an experienced professional, such as those at our law firm. Our founding partner has more than 25 years of experience that she puts to her client’s use in an attempt to secure their rights in the event of a divorce.