Post-Divorce Alimony in Texas

Written by Scott Morgan

This article provides a brief overview on Texas law concerning post-divorce alimony in Texas. Laws differ from state to state and individual circumstances vary, so you should consult with a qualified family law attorney in your area for specific advice on your particular situation. Additionally, this article deals only with post-divorce alimony. It does not address temporary alimony, which is provided for under a different provision ofrepparttar Texas Family Code.

Two Kinds of Alimony: Contractual and Court Ordered Maintenance

There are two kinds of post-divorce alimony in Texas: contractual alimony and court ordered maintenance. The Texas Family Code also provides authority forrepparttar 119131 court to order temporary alimony which occurs while a divorce is pending. However, temporary alimony is outsiderepparttar 119132 scope of this article and will not be addressed.

Contractual Alimony Contractual alimony is based on an agreement betweenrepparttar 119133 parties in their divorce decree. For tax purposes, contractual alimony is normally deemed income torepparttar 119134 receiving party and is deductible fromrepparttar 119135 income ofrepparttar 119136 paying party. Since contractual alimony must be based on an agreement ofrepparttar 119137 parties, there are no limits torepparttar 119138 possible amount or duration ofrepparttar 119139 alimony.

Court Ordered Maintenance

Court ordered maintenance is provided for by Texas Family Code Chapter Eight. Although actually awarded in only a small percentage of Texas divorces,repparttar 119140 court hasrepparttar 119141 right to order one spouse to payrepparttar 119142 other post-divorce maintenance in either of two circumstances:

1. The payor spouse either received deferred adjudication or was convicted of a crime constituting family violence within two years of repparttar 119143 filing ofrepparttar 119144 divorce case, or

2. The parties have been married at least ten years andrepparttar 119145 receiving spouse has some kind of financial limitation (disability, unable to work because caring forrepparttar 119146 party's child, or lacks earning ability to meet minimum reasonable needs).

The monthly amount of court ordered maintenance is capped atrepparttar 119147 lesser of: a) $2,500 or b) 20% ofrepparttar 119148 monthly payor's gross income.

The maximum duration of court ordered maintenance is three years. The only exception is when maintenance is ordered asrepparttar 119149 result of a disability, in which caserepparttar 119150 duration can potentially extend indefinitely.


Where there is a large disparity in incomes alimony can sometimes be used as a useful settlement tool. Since alimony is generally taxable to repparttar 119151 receiving party and deductible torepparttar 119152 paying party it can be often structured so that it is advantageous to both parties.

How to prosecute Libel and Slander in the UK

Written by Jefferson Highway, General Counsel

Defamation of character can be a serious business inrepparttar UK. But what exactly is slander? And what is libel? Both are defined as a false statement made by one individual about another individual withrepparttar 119130 intent to harm defamed person's reputation in some way. The statement qualifies as slander if it is delivered verbally, whereasrepparttar 119131 statement is libel if it is published in some other way (for example by being written, or televised). To win a defamation case, you must generally act within 1 year ofrepparttar 119132 defamation, and you need to prove torepparttar 119133 court's satisfaction that:-

* The statement harms your reputation (an insult, for example, wouldn't do it. Politicians, too, are essentially 'un-defamable' for this very reason). * A third party was involved. Saying it just to you doesn't count. * That third party could identify you fromrepparttar 119134 statement (an anonymous statement isn't libelous).

Additionally, inrepparttar 119135 opinion of counsel above and beyond advice available to , slander requires you to show that you have suffered either financial loss or that your business, trade or professional reputation was damaged, or that you have been accused of one or more ofrepparttar 119136 following:-

* Of having committed a criminal offence * Of having a contagious disease * Of immoral conduct (women only!)

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