The attorneys at the Law Offices of Arthur K. Smith, A Professional Corporation, are pleased to provide the following answers to frequently asked questions which our lawyers encounter as they handle divorce and related family law matters in Allen, Texas and throughout Collin County. If you have further questions or need legal advice and representation in a divorce, child custody or other matter, please contact the Law Offices of Arthur K. Smith to speak with one of our family law attorneys.
Q. Is Texas a community property state?
A. Yes and no. Texas law does recognize the concept of community property, meaning that all property acquired by either spouse during the marriage (unless acquired by inheritance or gift or through a personal injury recovery) belongs to both parties. However, rather than being required to divide the property equally, the court may distribute the community property in a manner that the judge deems is “just and right.” Skilled and experienced legal counsel is important to making sure you receive a fair distribution of community property.
Q. How long does an alimony award last?
A. Spousal maintenance, also known as alimony or spousal support, is not granted in every divorce. When it is awarded, it is only granted for a temporary period to give the non-working spouse a period of time to become self-supporting. This period can last up to three years. The court may order spousal maintenance to be paid by either the husband or the wife.