Once a court determines that a spouse is eligible to receive maintenance in a divorce case, it must then analyze all relevant factors to determine the nature, amount, duration, and manner of the periodic payments. One of those factors includes the spouse’s ability to provide for his or her “minimum reasonable needs” independently, considering his
As reported by Fox News, on July 17, 2013 an arrest warrant was issued for Ric Flair for his failure to pay $32,000.00 in spousal support to his estranged wife.
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A perfectly reasonable result may be perceived as a total failure if the client’s expectations were unrealistic from the start.
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In my previous post about spousal maintenance I discussed eligibility requirements. In this post, I’ll address the various methods of collecting and enforcing spousal maintenance awards.
If the court grants an award for spousal maintenance, the judgment dissolving the marriage must reflect this. The spousal support order should state who will receive the payments and who will make the payments. Tex. Fam. Code Sect. 8.001(3)(4). The order must state how the spousal maintenance payments are to be made (i.e., by cash, check, and how frequently) and where they are to be sent. Tex. Fam. Code Sect. 8.052. Finally, the spousal maintenance order must state the duration of the maintenance. Tex. Fam. Code Sect. 8.052.
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