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.

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