Although the divorce rate in Texas is not the highest in the nation, it is significant at about 4.7 per 1,000 people. There were 111,409 divorces filed in the state during 2014. After filing for divorce, it takes a minimum of 60 days to complete the process and obtain a finalization for an agreed divorce. If there are any contested issues, it can take up to a year or even longer to finalize.
For some people, one of the most important aspects of the process — both during and after a divorce — involves the division of assets and the ordering and payment of ongoing spousal support, which is commonly known by many people as alimony. In Texas, the courts cannot award traditional alimony. Chapter 8 of the Texas Family Code allows the court to order spousal maintenance in certain circumstances
The experienced family law attorneys of Harris Cook, LLP, can help you understand the divorce process and explain whether spousal maintenance may be available in your case, and if so, for how long and how much. In some cases, the parties can reach an agreement for contractual alimony to complete a property division agreement. Our lawyers can help you evaluate whether this is advisable in your case.
Helping Families Get Through Turbulent Times
At Harris Cook, LLP, our family law services are overseen by lawyer David L. Cook, who is board-certified in family law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Our firm has helped many families get past their turbulent times of discord, through mediation, collaborative divorce and in the courtroom. We can answer alimony-related questions like:
- Am I entitled to alimony or spousal maintenance?
- Will I have to pay spousal support to my ex?
- Are spousal support and child support determined exclusively of each other?
- Will I just pay or receive temporary spousal support, or will it be ordered long-term?
- In my case, is a lump-sum settlement better than contractual alimony?
- Will I have to go back to work?
- How will our assets be evaluated during the divorce?
Contact Us For A Case Evaluation
Talk to an experienced lawyer for alimony (spousal support), asset division and child support. Harris Cook, LLP, has offices in Arlington, Mansfield and Flower Mound.