Partner Brian Tackett writes about Texas spousal maintenance, sometimes called alimony, under Texas family law.
“In the media, we often see stories about high profile divorces involving actors, professional athletes, and leaders of industry. Those figures of pop culture many times find themselves paying large amounts of alimony to their ex. In the early 1990’s Kim Richards, former teen star and now a regular on Bravo TV’s Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, entered into a divorce settlement in which her husband agreed to pay her $23,000.00 per month for the rest of her life or until she remarries. In Texas, court-ordered alimony, or spousal maintenance as it is referred to here, is much more limited in both amount and duration. It is extremely rare for spousal maintenance amounts to be as large as in the case of the Housewife, and when the amounts are this large, they are decided by agreement of the parties not by court order…”