How Long is Spousal Support Paid in Texas?

Category: Spousal Maintenance

Spousal support is usually for a limited amount of time. The court will determine the shortest amount of time necessary for the requesting spouse to get back on his or her feet. Texas sets the maximum period for support as:

  • 5 years if there was a conviction or deferred adjudication for family violence.
  • 5 years if the parties were married at least 10 years.
  • 7 years if the parties were married between at least 20 years.
  • 10 years if the parties were married at least 30 years.

Indefinitely if the spouse is severely disabled or caring for a disabled child.

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