In Texas, what other states refer to as alimony, we refer to as spousal maintenance. It is typically only awarded under very specific circumstances.
To be eligible for spousal maintenance, the court may order maintenance for either spouse only if the spouse seeking maintenance will lack sufficient property, including the spouse's separate property, on dissolution of the marriage to provide for the spouse's minimum reasonable needs and:
(1) the spouse from whom maintenance is requested was convicted of or received deferred adjudication for a criminal offense that also constitutes an act of family violence, as defined by Section 71.004, committed during the marriage against the other spouse or the other spouse's child and the offense occurred:
(2) the spouse seeking maintenance:
It's important to note that these requirements are general guidelines, and the court has discretion in determining whether to award spousal maintenance and the specific amount and duration of the maintenance.
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