Alimony is available by court order for marriages ten or more years in length, and the requesting spouse is unable to provide for their minimum reasonable needs. Texas Family Code §8.051. Alimony may also be ordered for shorter marriages in a case where one spouse is convicted or accepts deferred adjudication for family violence during the pendency of the suit or within two years of the date the suit is filed. As a practical matter, the vast majority of alimony is paid as a matter of agreement between the parties.
Alimony terminates on the death of either party, or the remarriage of the recipient of the payments. Additionally, a court may order the termination of alimony if the court finds that the recipient cohabits with someone with whom the recipient has a romantic relationship in a permanent place on a continuing basis. Texas Family Code §8.056.
A court may order alimony or post divorce maintenance to continue for: (1) 5 years if the parties were married less than 10 years and the maintenance is awarded on the basis of family violence; (2) 5 years if the parties were married more than 10 years, but less than 20 years; (3) 7 years if the parties were married more than 20 years, but less than 30 years; (4) 10 years if the parties were married for more than 30 years. Texas Family Code §8.054.
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