How to Negotiate an Alimony Settlement in TX

Are you eligible for alimony after your divorce? Here is how to get a good settlement from your ex-spouse.

You are going through a divorce, and money is tight. You are not making as much money as your ex-spouse. You are considering requesting alimony, but know it probably will not go over well with your ex. After all, nobody really wants to pay spousal support.

So what can you do to avoid taking the case to court? Here are some ways in which you can negotiate an alimony settlement and get the money you need for living expenses after a divorce.

How Long Does Alimony Last in Texas?

Texas has guidelines in place for how long alimony should be awarded. If the marriage lasted between 10 and 20 years, spousal maintenance may not last for more than five years. If the marriage lasted between 20 and 30 years, alimony cannot last for more than seven years. If the marriage has lasted for longer than 30 years, alimony is payable for no more than 10 years. However, if the spouse is unable to earn sufficient income because they have a disability or are a caretaker of a disabled child, then alimony can remain in effect for as long as necessary.

Starting the Negotiations

Now that you are aware of the state’s alimony guidelines, you are in a better position to negotiate. Here are the steps to take:

Contact a Pearland TX Divorce Attorney

A divorce comes with many elements. If you are struggling to make ends meet after ending your marriage, you may have a right to request alimony (i.e. post-divorce spousal support from Chapter 8 of the Texas Family Code). can help you understand your alimony rights and obligations. We can assist you in getting an alimony settlement that fits your needs. To schedule a consultation, fill out the online form.