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I keep hearing that in order to recieve Alimony in tx you have to be married 10 years. Is that true?

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Asked by Anonymous at 2:05 PM on May. 1, 2011 in Money & Work

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  • Eek_a_Geek

    Answer by Eek_a_Geek at 2:08 PM on May. 1, 2011


    Spousal maintenance is awarded in a very limited number of circumstances:

    • If the parties have been married for 10 years or more AND the person that wants to receive support payments doesn't have enough money to take care of himself or herself AND they are unable to get a job because of one of the following reasons:

      1. The person is disabled; or

      2. The person must take care of a child with special needs; or

      3. The person clearly lacks the ability to earn enough money to meet their minimum reasonable needs.

    • If the person that would be paying spousal maintenance has pled guilty to a crime for family violence within 2 years of the divorce or on probation for a crime of family violence.


    Answer by EgoTryptophan at 2:10 PM on May. 1, 2011

  • wow holy spacing mistakes, batman!!

    Answer by EgoTryptophan at 2:10 PM on May. 1, 2011

  • not true. i received alimony was married 2 yr

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:25 PM on May. 1, 2011

  • to anon: the site also says "he other way that spousal maintenance can be awarded is by agreement. In this case, it's called contractual alimony or contractual spousal maintenance. Contractual alimony isn't limited in terms of how much the payments are or how long the payments will be made. Additionally, spousal maintenance (whether court ordered or contractual) is generally taxable to the person that receives it and it is generally a tax deduction for the person that pays it. However, we are not accountants and you should consult your own accountant to confirm how paying or receiving spousal maintenance payments would affect you."


    Answer by EgoTryptophan at 2:38 PM on May. 1, 2011

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