Susanne Bonilla, Attorney at Law

Corpus Christi Maintenance Attorney

The Law Office of Susanne Bonilla Harrold, P.C. helps clients sort through family law issues with dedication and excellence. She fights for fair spousal maintenance awards in order to help maintain financial stability in the wake of divorce. Ms. Bonilla Harrold is an AVVO top-rated lawyer who provides outstanding legal representation for family law issues and has personal knowledge of the impact of divorce on family units.

Alimony Lawyer in Corpus Christi

In Texas, alimony is called spousal maintenance. According to the Texas Family Code, maintenance is “an award in a suit for dissolution of a marriage of periodic payments from the future income of one spouse for the support of the other spouse.” The obligee is the person who will receive payments and the obligor is the person who is required to make payments. Several factors determine which spouse will be the obligee. The court will use all relevant factors to determine the award, including:

  • The ability of each spouse to provide for the other spouse to meet minimum needs
  • The financial resources available to each spouse after the divorce
  • The education and employment skills of each spouse
  • The time needed to pursue higher education or training to in order to earn sufficient income for independence
  • Access to or feasibility of education or training for each spouse
  • The duration of the marriage
  • The age, employment history and earning potential of the spouse seeking maintenance
  • The physical and emotional well-being of the spouse seeking maintenance
  • Each spouse’s ability to provide for the other spouse while providing child support or maintenance payments (when applicable)
  • Any instance or pattern of family violence

This is just a snapshot of what courts consider when they make decisions about spousal maintenance awards. Divorce laws are complex and Ms. Bonilla Harrold knows how to carefully navigate maintenance issues to put her clients in the best possible situation.

Maintenance Amounts and Terms

In general, spousal maintenance awards are not indefinite. Texas laws (Texas Family Code Title 1, Chapter 8) dictate the length of award periods. Based on the length of the marriage, awards may be issued for a span between five and 10 years. A periodic review is recommended to make sure the award is suitable. If you wish to make a divorce modification to adjust awarded maintenance amounts due to a major change in job status or health, Ms. Bonilla Harrold can assist. She can help you resolve any issues you may have that deal with the duration of award.

The amounts are decided by the court; requirements are based on the obligor’s gross income which includes:

  • Earned wages (including commission, tips, overtime pay and bonuses)
  • Interest, dividend and residual or royalty income
  • Self-employment income
  • Net rental income
  • Any other viable income

Income not considered includes:

  • Returns of principal or capital
  • Payments from federal public assistance
  • Benefits paid from the Temporary Assistance for Needy families (TANF) program
  • Foster care payments
  • Accounts receivable
  • Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) service-connected disability compensation
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI), social security, disability, and workers’ compensation benefits

If you need quality representation in your divorce matter or need help with divorce modifications, contact the Law Office of Susanne Bonilla Harrold, P.C. today. From her office in the Bonilla Plaza, Ms. Bonilla Harrold represents clients in the Corpus Christi metropolitan area including San Patricio, Aransas, Nueces, Kleberg, Jim Wells counties and beyond. Call 361-947-7002 today to schedule your free initial consultation.

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The Law Office of Susanne Bonilla Harrold, P.C., provides family law legal services to the Corpus Christi metropolitan area including Port Aransas, Victoria, McAllen, Pharr, Aransas Pass, Odem, CalAllen, George West, Mathis, Rockport, Portland, Ingleside, San Patricio County, Aransas County, Nueces County, Kleberg County, and Jim Wells County.

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