When the topic of divorce comes up, many Texans wonder how alimony may be awarded and how that will affect their ongoing financial stability after the divorce. Alimony, or spousal support, is different than child support because it is paid directly to the former spouse for their continued well-being and ability to maintain a sustainable lifestyle. Alimony should always be considered when deciding whether to pursue a divorce proceeding.
Most family law courts will examine the financial, physical, mental and emotional health and well-being of both parties when deciding whether to award alimony payments. The overall financial condition of the marital estate will generally also be examined to ensure that if alimony is awarded, the amount is fair and equitable to both spouses. Ability of the paying spouse to maintain alimony payments for the duration ordered by the court is also a large factor in alimony awards.