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The decision to end a marriage is never an easy one, and it can often be further complicated by financial matters. If you are concerned about how alimony or spousal support will affect your life after divorce, it is important to discuss these issues with an experienced alimony attorney in Dallas.


To learn more about how alimony can affect your divorce, contact our firm for a consultation. Contact us online or call (972) 232-7673 to get started today.


What is Alimony?

Alimony, also known as spousal support, refers to financial support that one spouse provides to the other during or after a divorce. The type of alimony you receive will depend on your and your spouse's financial situations and the length of your marriage. There are two types of alimony:

  • Temporary alimony, which is paid during the divorce proceedings
  • Permanent alimony, which is paid after the divorce

These payments are made either in one lump sum or in periodic payments, such as monthly or yearly.

Calculating Alimony Payments in Texas

When determining how much alimony a spouse will receive, the court will take many factors into consideration, including:

  • The duration of the marriage
  • The spouses' respective incomes
  • Any marital fault

For example, if one spouse stayed home to take care of the children and didn't work, the court would likely order alimony to help the other spouse get back on their financial feet.

What is Temporary Alimony?

Temporary alimony is paid while the divorce is pending. The court will generally order temporary alimony if one spouse needs financial support while they are transitioning to a lower standard of living, as they will once the divorce is finalized and they no longer share a marital home with their spouse.

What is Permanent Alimony?

Permanent alimony is paid after the divorce is finalized. The court will generally order permanent alimony if one spouse contributed to the marriage in a way that made them unable to support themselves after the divorce, or if one spouse made significantly more money during the marriage than the other.

Common Mistakes in Seeking Alimony in Texas

When navigating the complexities of seeking alimony in Texas, many individuals find themselves facing pitfalls that can adversely affect the outcome of their cases. Understanding these common mistakes can help you avoid potential obstacles in securing fair spousal support.

  • Underestimating the Importance of Legal Representation: Attempting to handle alimony negotiations without the assistance of an experienced attorney can result in less favorable terms. Legal professionals are well-versed in the nuances of family law and can advocate effectively on your behalf.
  • Failure to Properly Document Financial Needs: A critical aspect of securing alimony is accurately documenting your financial situation and needs. Overlooking the importance of detailed financial records can hinder your ability to demonstrate the necessity for support.
  • Ignoring Tax Implications: Many individuals do not consider the tax consequences of receiving or paying alimony. Understanding how alimony payments will affect your taxes is crucial, as it can significantly impact your financial well-being post-divorce.
  • Not Considering Non-Financial Contributions: In Texas, non-financial contributions to the marriage, such as homemaking or raising children, can be influential in alimony cases. Failing to highlight these contributions can result in inadequate support.
  • Overlooking Post-Divorce Changes: Not planning for potential post-divorce changes in circumstances, such as the paying spouse's ability to maintain payments or the recipient's need for support, can lead to difficulties later on. It's important to consider and potentially include stipulations for future changes in the alimony agreement.

Avoiding these common mistakes can enhance your chances of achieving a fair and adequate alimony arrangement that supports your transition to life after divorce.

Contact Our Dallas Alimony Attorney Today

Regardless of the type of alimony you are receiving or are being ordered to pay, it is important to understand your options and how alimony will affect your life. An experienced alimony attorney in Dallas can help you obtain the alimony you need and deserve.


Contact our firm online today or at (972) 232-7673 to speak with an alimony attorney in Dallas.


 

Commonly Asked Questions

Can alimony be modified after it has been ordered?

Yes, alimony orders can be modified under certain circumstances, such as a significant change in the financial situation of either party. It is important to consult with an attorney to understand the process and requirements for modifying alimony in Dallas, TX.

Is alimony tax-deductible for the paying spouse?

In Texas, alimony is not tax-deductible for the paying spouse, and it is not considered taxable income for the receiving spouse. However, it is essential to consult with a tax professional to understand the specific tax implications of alimony in your situation.

How long do you have to be married in order to get alimony?

Alimony is usually awarded in Texas if the couple has been married for at least 10 years, and the requesting spouse cannot meet their financial needs.



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