Spousal Support Attorneys
Spousal Support in Austin
When a couple has been together for a long time and decides to divorce, there are always issues to address. The two major areas of consideration are providing for both the children and the divorcing spouses. In most instances, the spouse who is the higher income earner is responsible for support of the other spouse. The amount of spousal support or alimony becomes part of the marital settlement agreement. The settlement agreement, upon approval by the courts, becomes legal and binding. If for some reason a spouse falls behind in payments the terms of the agreement are enforceable by law.
Spousal Support Information
Each family is different with their own unique circumstances and needs. A spouse who spent a marriage unemployed and devoted to child rearing may require and depend on spousal support because of lack of workplace experience and skill. A couple where both spouses are high-income earners may require smaller amounts of spousal support.
The courts consider different factors when deciding the amount of spousal support and that may include the following:
- Length of the marriage
- Physical health and mental stability of each spouse
- Income and assets of each spouse
- Earning potential of each spouse
- The contribution of each spouse to the marriage
It is important to spend the time necessary to come to workable spousal support arrangements that become part of a sound marital settlement agreement. If the times have changed and an adjustment needs to be made to the terms of support, a modification can be sought. We negotiate the settlement terms while protecting the best interests of our clients. A couple with a large estate may require additional financial consideration because of possible tax implications. The spousal support attorneys from our firm know that each spousal situation and divorce deserves individual attention by competent legal counsel.