El Paso Spousal Support Lawyer

Representing Your Best Interests in Texas Spousal Support Legal Matters



One of the many issues brought on by the dissolving of a marriage is the matter of spousal support. Often times, one party does not have the means to support themselves after a divorce. In some cases, the Texas family courts will order spousal support, also known as alimony or spousal maintenance, be paid for a period of time. If you are experiencing an issue where you need to have spousal support court ordered after your divorce, it is of extreme importance to consult with a spousal support lawyer who is knowledgeable about family law in TX. 

Our spousal support attorney at Linette Aguirre-Gonzalez, PLLC can help you with your case. Our El Paso legal team is also fully equipped to represent clients who need to need to have a spousal support order modified or ended. Please call us today.


Texas courts award spousal support on a case-by-case basis. Generally, spousal support is awarded only in certain situations and payments cannot exceed 20% of the payee’s gross monthly income or $5,000 (whichever is less).

Spousal support may be awarded in:

  • Cases where an individual has been found guilty of domestic violence against his or her spouse or child within two years before the divorce filing or while the divorce action is pending
  • Cases where a marriage has lasted 10 or more years, the spouse seeking maintenance does not have the economic means for support, and the spouse is disabled, is the main caretaker of a disabled child, or lacks the ability to earn a livelihood
  • Cases where both parties have agreed on a certain amount of support
  • Cases where a spouse is a sponsored immigrant

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The courts will review various factors – such as each spouse’s education level, professional skills, and financial resources – to determine this issue. Support may be awarded for up to 5, 7, or 10 years depending on the unique circumstances of the case. You may also seek modifications to existing spousal support orders by proving a substantial change in circumstances necessitates the change.

Because spousal support cases are unique to each family, we urge you to discuss your situation with our dedicated El Paso family law attorney at Linette Aguirre-Gonzalez, PLLC. We can advise you on the best way to approach your case and work to help you achieve a favorable result.

Understanding the Different Types of Alimony

When it comes to spousal support, also known as alimony, there are various types that can be awarded by Texas family courts. It's important to understand these different types, as they can have a significant impact on your financial future.

Here are some common types of alimony:

  1. Temporary Alimony: This type of alimony is awarded during the divorce process and is meant to provide financial support to the lower-earning spouse until a final settlement is reached.
  2. Rehabilitative Alimony: Rehabilitative alimony is awarded to help the receiving spouse gain the necessary skills or education to become self-supporting. It is typically awarded for a specific period of time.
  3. Permanent Alimony: Permanent alimony is awarded when one spouse is unable to become self-supporting due to age, disability, or other factors. It is meant to provide ongoing financial support indefinitely.
  4. Lump Sum Alimony: Instead of monthly payments, lump sum alimony involves a one-time payment or a series of payments that are made in a fixed amount.
  5. Reimbursement Alimony: This type of alimony is awarded when one spouse has made significant financial contributions to the other spouse's education, career, or business. It is meant to reimburse the contributing spouse for their support.

At Linette Aguirre-Gonzalez, PLLC, our experienced El Paso spousal support lawyer can help you understand which type of alimony may be applicable to your situation and work towards achieving a fair and favorable outcome. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and discuss your case.

Contact us online or give us a call at (915) 642-0466 today.

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Commonly Asked Questions

Is alimony taxable?

Generally speaking, alimony payments are taxable for recipients. Recipients must include these payments as part of their gross income when filing taxes.

Are there any exceptions to alimony orders in El Paso?

Yes, there are exceptions to alimony orders in El Paso. For example, if the spouse receiving alimony remarries, the alimony payments may be terminated. Additionally, if the spouse receiving alimony cohabitates with another person in a romantic relationship, the alimony payments may also be terminated. It is important to consult with a lawyer to understand the specific exceptions to alimony orders in El Paso.

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