Is Spousal Support Necessary?

During a divorce, one party may request spousal support or alimony, which Texas statutes refer to as spousal maintenance. Spousal maintenance can be temporary or for an extended period, depending on a variety of factors.

Whether you are requesting spousal support or may be required to pay it, you can benefit from experienced divorce representation. At Jamie Graham & Associates, PLLC, in San Antonio, we have more than 30 years of combined experience addressing spousal support issues. Our experience means we can assess your case and determine whether spousal support will play a role. If it will play a role in your divorce, our attorneys will create a legal strategy designed to achieve fair payments.


Typically, courts award spousal maintenance in accordance with Chapter 8 of the Texas Family Code and consider the following circumstances:

  • Domestic violence convictions
  • Whether a spouse is incapable of providing for minimum reasonable needs because of a physical or mental disability
  • The length of the marriage
  • Whether a spouse can earn sufficient income to meet minimum reasonable needs and his or her due diligence in attempting to do so
  • Special needs of a child

Other factors may play a role as well, including the age and health of each spouse and the division of property in the divorce. Our lawyers will carefully review your case to make certain no factors are overlooked that might influence spousal support payments.


In most cases, when Texas courts award spousal maintenance, it is for a limited time until the spouse receiving payments has the opportunity to find employment or acquire an education or skills necessary for employment. The length of the marriage will play a major role in the duration of payments, which rarely exceeds 10 years.

The exact amount of spousal support payments will depend on the length of the marriage as well, in addition to the income and earning potential of each spouse. We understand how spousal support is calculated and are committed to helping you obtain fair payments.


Call 210-308-6448 to talk to our experienced attorneys about getting fair spousal maintenance payments during the divorce process.


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