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Beaumont Divorce, Alimony & Child Custody Information

Whether you live in Higgins, Caldwood or elsewhere in the Beaumont area, if you are considering divorcing your spouse, you may be nervous about the process ahead. Knowing what to expect in the Beaumont alimony and custody proceedings will make your divorce a bit easier.

Beaumont Alimony

In Beaumont, alimony may also be referred to as spousal maintenance. It will be ordered if the judge thinks that it is "well-founded," or that there is good reason.

If you are awarded alimony, your spouse will make regular payments for up to three years while you search for a job that allows you to earn as much as you did before the marriage. Some of the factors the court will consider before awarding alimony are:

  • Living conditions during the marriage
  • Duration during the marriage
  • Your financial situation and your spouse's financial situation
  • How old and healthy you and your spouse are

According to Beaumont family law, you cannot receive alimony for more than three years unless you have a mental illness. Your spouse cannot be forced to pay you more than 20 percent of his or her income, or $2,500 per month, whichever is less.

Beaumont Custody

In Beaumont, custody of your children will be decided by a judge if you and your spouse cannot decide on your own. Unless there is a reason that both you and your spouse raising your child would be harmful, the court will usually award custody to both parents. Beaumont family law also considers the child's preferences, depending on his or her age. Your spouse's and your finances will also be considered.

Beaumont Child Support

In Beaumont, a href="" target="_blank">child support is calculated by looking at the number of children as well as the finances of the parent who is paying.

For example, Texas child-support law says that you could pay more than 40 percent of your net income if you have more than six children; with one child, you may pay about 20 percent of your net income. The court will look at any income you have, including salary, tips, rental income, and bonuses.