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In Texas it is really difficult to get alimony. They don't even call it that here. Instead you have to petition the court for "Temporary Spousal Support" as part of or in response to the divorce petition. Generally you have to show you lack an education and/or are generally unemployable, lacking any recent employment experience. Spousal support is often terminated when the divorce is finalized and it cannot exceed $2,500/month in any case. And yes ... either spouse can file for support.

Joel,

you missed the part where you have to have been married for a minimum of 10 years in order to qualify for it. Also, it can be extended up to 24 months after the finalization of the divorce. The idea being that the spouse should be capable of getting some sort of job training and be able to support themselves after two years. I have a good friend who has stayed with her abusive husband for over 25 years because she can't afford to support the kids without him, and both kids are currently in college. She will probably leave him when the kids actually graduate and move out. He's a real control freak who refuses to allow his kids to drive, and requires that she shuttle the kids to school everyday. I had the misfortune to deal with him on an academic misconduct case. Quite honestly, their relationship has screwed up the kids nine ways to Sunday.

LWW
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