Spousal maintenance can be included in a divorce decree either by agreement of the parties or by court order.

However, the conditions for court-ordered maintenance are very restrictive, both in terms of eligibility and duration that payments are made. The vast majority of divorces in Texas occur under conditions that either prevent the award of court-ordered maintenance or limit their duration if ordered.

Court-ordered maintenance may be awarded:

Even in cases where maintenance is ordered, the statutes contain further conditions for terminating maintenance on the passage of time or at certain events.

Please contact me to discuss the specifics of your case.

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My job is to manage the legal process to protect and extend my client's interests- allowing them the room to address the personal issues.


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