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You wrote, I'm glad. I hope you finalize things before she has a chance to accumulate any new debt!

Actually, she's ruined her credit and no one will lend her money, so new debt is unlikely. My only fear is that she'll default on something long enough for them to sue. If they do that they're likely to discover I have assets that can be seized to satisfy her obligations.

Also, I didn't know that alimony went on indefinitely *anywhere*. I think that the way it works here is similar to the temporary support arrangement you outlined, only it can be ordered even if the spouse works. Basically it's supposed to keep both spouses living at approximately the same level they'd been living at while married - but for a finite number of years, based on a percentage of the time they were married. I could be wrong, but from what my sister and my DH's ex have described (both on divorce #2), I think it's pretty close. Fortunately, DH never had to pay alimony. I think they weren't married long enough.

The odds of obtaining a temporary support arrangement in Texas are very slim. Simply being married is not sufficient cause. Plus, they only tend to last for 6-12 months and are only intended to provide one spouse monies to help "get her on her feet." In fact, most temporary support arrangements are awarded before the divorce decree so that that spouse can afford to live and eat some place else while the divorce is being settled. That said, I should mention that Texas does not recognize separation agreements, so that means temporary support arrangements are initially a court-ordered arrangement between a married couple. In fact, as far as I can determine, a temporary support arrangement can be ordered and the divorce never finalized.

- Joel
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