If a couple divorces with no kids does the husband have to furnish the lifestyle accustomed for the wife? Married 24 yrs

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Shawn H. Smith

Answered On Apr 20, 2013
It sounds like you are asking about spousal maintenance, otherwise known as alimony. In Texas, with the length of marriage being 24 years, you could be ordered by a judge to pay 20% of your monthly gross income up to $5000 for up to 7 years. This is not like the child support statute, in that the judge here has a large amount of discretion within the statute to decide how much to award and for how long. You need to contact a qualified family law attorney I order to assure that the settlement is fair and doesn't go above your ability to pay. Good luck.