The Things the Court Will Need to Know to Dissolve Your Marriage
You’re on active duty in service to your country, but your marriage is on the rocks. You’re currently stationed in Texas or your divorce proceeding is being resolved in the family courts in Texas. Is alimony still granted in Texas? If so, under what circumstances? Are the rules regarding alimony different when one or both of the parties are in the military?
The first thing to understand is that, while military divorce in Texas can look very different from a civilian divorce, at least with respect to child custody, child support and alimony, there is no difference in the way issues are resolved. The only caveat—the total amount of support paid by a servicemember may not exceed 60% of his or her net pay.
When Is Alimony Commonly Available in Texas?
In Texas, as in most states, alimony or spousal support is available at the discretion of the court. When making a determination as to whether an order of spousal support is warranted, the judge may consider a wide range of factors, including:
- How long the parties were married—the longer the marriage, the greater the likelihood the court will award alimony
- The financial resources available to the party seeking alimony, including income and property, and the extent to which those resources will allow that party to live independently
- The potential for the requesting party to become self-sufficient, based on existing education or skills, or the ability to develop such skills
- The age and health of the party seeking alimony
- The ability of the party from whom alimony is sought to make those payments and remain self-sufficient
- Whether the party seeking alimony intentionally engaged in the dissipation of marital assets
- The extent to which the party requesting alimony contributed to the education or earning capacity of the other spouse
- Whether the party seeking spousal support engaged in any type of marital misconduct
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