Couples in Texas need to discuss many issues when dissolving a marriage, and one matter that might cause arguments is spousal support. One spouse may need or want alimony after a divorce while the other partner might find this unfair. Before letting this cause problems that make a divorce drag on, a couple might like to know more about alimony and when payments are typically made.
Alimony is based on many factors that include the length of the marriage, the state a couple lives in and the income of both people. If one partner does not have a job or has a reason he or she cannot work, alimony may be necessary. One may have to pay spousal support for a longer amount of time if a marriage lasted 10 years or more. A formula could be used to get a number for how much one party has to pay, but a judge might adjust a number based on things like the amount a spouse can pay and the standard of living during the marriage.