Do You Need Temporary Spousal Support?

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You’re facing a divorce, and your eye is on your final divorce terms – that will move forward into your post-divorce future with you. Divorce, however, can take a considerable amount of time to get it right (rushing is never advised). The truth of the matter is that you may face financial concerns in the interim – while your divorce is pending – and this is where temporary spousal support (or temporary alimony) may come into play.

Living Together

If your divorce is complicated, it is going to take some time to hammer out terms that protect your financial and parental rights and that work for you. If, during this period, you and your spouse continue to live together and continue to address your financial obligations the way you did when you were married, temporary spousal support probably will not be necessary. If your divorcing spouse refuses to cover your divorce-related expenses, however, spousal support could become an issue (even if you continue living together). Consider the following examples of divorce-related expenses:

  • You’ll need to retain an experienced divorce attorney. (Is It Time to Call a Texas Divorce Attorney?)

  • If you need to find a job, you may need to invest in a career wardrobe.

  • You may incur additional daycare expenses while you attend to important divorce matters.

If your divorcing spouse refuses to budge on finances, it might be time to seek temporary spousal support.

Living Separately

Many divorcing spouses find that living together while they move through the divorce process is far from ideal. And no one needs to tell you that living separately is more expensive than remaining in your home together while your divorce is in the works. If your spouse is the primary breadwinner in your marriage and is not voluntarily covering your residence’s finances, it is time to seek temporary spousal support. (Related: If Your Goal Is to Remain in the Family Home)

Requesting a Temporary Spousal Support Hearing

If you think you are going to need it, you can request a temporary spousal support hearing upon filing for divorce. This temporary support is intended to help you make ends meet while your divorce terms are being negotiated. It is important to note, however, that this support is about more than just helping you pay your bills – it can help protect both you and your soon-to-be-ex’s credit and assets. In Texas, you are married until you are divorced, which means that, while your divorce is pending, any financial troubles you face – and that may threaten your credit – also threaten your divorcing spouse’s. Ensuring that you have the funds you need to make it to the other side of your divorce greatly reduces the chance that the financial limbo of the divorce process will wreak financial havoc on your post-divorce future.

An Experienced Killeen Divorce Attorney Can Help

If you have financial concerns related to the divorce process itself, temporary spousal support may be the answer, and attorney Brett Pritchard at The Law Office of Brett H. Pritchard in Killeen, Texas, is here to help. Mr. Pritchard takes great pride in helping clients like you move forward with confidence, so do not delay contacting or calling us at 254-501-4040 for more information today.


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