Understanding Spousal Support in San Antonio and Throughout Texas
Leading you through the maze of alimony and maintenance payments
Spousal support, also known as alimony or maintenance, is a common issue in many Texas divorce cases. You may believe that you need financial assistance from your former spouse, at least temporarily. This especially makes sense when one spouse can’t support himself or herself after the divorce, such as a parent who stayed home to raise children or a disabled spouse. At the Law Office of Bill Baskette, I take great care to make sure the spousal support is addressed fairly and logically.
Understanding the maze of spousal support
Despite what you see on television, spousal support is not an easy thing to get. Usually, the courts are very cautious about awarding support unless your marriage has lasted longer than 10 years — and even then, it’s still unlikely. If you’re getting divorced and asking for spousal support, you usually need to show limited or meager income earning capacity or a history of domestic violence in the marriage. Additionally, court-ordered maintenance is limited to three years, although this can be waived in cases of disability. Given that there are tax considerations, especially when you and your former spouse have different earnings; it’s strongly recommended that you speak with a San Antonio divorce attorney. I meet with you personally, review the facts of your case and give my experienced opinion on the options you have when you seek spousal maintenance.
An unguided area of the law with modification and termination as well
The truth is that there are no clear guidelines on who receives spousal support, how much to get and how long it will last. Another issue is that it’s intended to be temporary, so if you seek support, you cannot rely on it forever. Although it can last up to three years, the court determines how long it lasts and judges in Texas often only grant support for a short time after the divorce.
As your divorce lawyer, I can seek support modifications if there is a significant change in circumstances, like your losing your job or a promotion. Depending on the circumstances and your situation, you may be able to start, stop or modify support.
Legal support for your spousal support needs
As a former judge and an attorney for more than 30 years, I’ve seen family law issues from the bench and from the courtroom floor. I work with you to find your options for spousal support and maintenance. Call the Law Offices of Bill Baskette for a compassionate initial consultation regarding your case. Contact me today with a free email inquiry about how I can represent you, or call my office at 210.930.1200.
My office is downtown, directly across from the Bexar County Courthouse, with plenty of street and lot parking within two blocks. I offer weekend and evening hours by appointment.