Spousal support, often referred to as alimony, is known as maintenance in Texas. In Texas, unlike child support, spousal support is not required; however, the court can order it. The decision can be made based on many factors, such as the length of the marriage, spouse's income, and convictions regarding family violence.
If the court decides spousal support is needed, they can take into account the following:
• Each spouse's education and employment skills
• Age, work history, earning capability, and health of the spouse seeking maintenance
• If either spouse is paying child support
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