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- The age, health, and current financial status of the former spouses. It is important for the court to take into account each spouse?s ability to remain in the workforce and each spouse?s available resources to remain financially stable. If a spouse is unable to work and support him or herself, he or she may require more support.
- The couple’s standard of living during the marriage and the length of the marriage. The joint wealth of the couple should be split up based on each spouse?s financial contributions during the marriage.
- The length of time, and the cost of training, the recipient of spousal support will need to become self-supporting. If one spouse does not have enough education or skills to take care of him or herself financially after the divorce, the other spouse should have to pay at least some of the costs of such education or training.
- The ability of the support-paying spouse to support the recipient while supporting themselves. Lastly, the courts should consider how a support order will financially impact a paying spouse. The order of support should not cause the paying spouse and financial distress.
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*Mark L. Scroggins is *board-certified in family law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Unless otherwise noted, other attorneys are not *board-certified.
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