I’m paying spousal support to a spouse with a ssi disability for the past 12 years

We were married for 10 years, how can i ask the court to modify it to stop having
to make any more payments. She had gotten disability a few months before our
divorce, for diabetes and anxiety. If there health is worst do to other health
problems, i’m i still responsible to keep paying her. What can i do to get rid of
having to keep paying

Asked on March 10, 2016 under Family Law, Texas

Answers:

B.H.F., Member, Texas State Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

Spousal support is somewhat rare in Texas because so many judges still have the 'anti-alimony' mentality.  However, since you already have an order in place... the order will control until modified.  You need to file a motion to modify support obligation. After the motion is filed, you can then set it for a hearing to see if the judge will terminate or at least modify the support obligation.
The success of your motion will depend on any contractual agreements you had with your wife, the attitude of the judge, and the wording in your final decree.  Before you file the motion, arrange for a consultation with at least two attorneys to get a better pulse of your chances.  Many family law attorneys are now offering free consultations.  This is a good first step of information gathering before you begin to expend funds on expensive litigation.


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