Receiving alimony in Texas

Alimony, otherwise referred to as spousal maintenance, is not commonly ordered in Texas. There are, however, instances in which a judge will order spousal maintenance payments. If a spouse has been convicted of domestic violence charges within two years of a divorce petition, the convicted spouse may be ordered to pay spousal maintenance. Another situation where spousal maintenance may be warranted is when a couple has been married for ten years or longer and the spouse requesting alimony has proven need.

Factors that a judge will consider when deciding whether or not to mandate spousal maintenance include:

  • Effort by the spouse requesting payments to maintain employment
  • The financial resources of both spouses and especially the one requesting spousal support
  • Emotional and physical well-being of the spouse
  • Age of the spouse and duration of the marriage
  • The education and skills a spouse possesses or may need to develop to gain employment


If you are going through a divorce, enlist the help of an attorney at Alexander & Associates to advocate on behalf of your rights and interests throughout the entire process. Call our offices in Denton at (972) 420-6560 today to learn more.