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How can I prepare for alimony discussions in divorce?

The idea of making regular payments to an ex is difficult for some Texas divorcees. Particularly for those who do not have children, the idea of making a clean break and going on their separate ways is preferable to maintaining ties through alimony. However, since alimony is a reality for most people, it is best to start the divorce process as prepared as possible. 

Commonly referred to as spousal support, alimony provides temporary financial support from one person to another after a divorce. The higher or sole-earner is usually the party who pays. However, both people -- not just the one who will be paying -- need to have a firm understanding of their financial positions. Doing so can help answer important questions, such as "How much financial help will I need?" and "What is a reasonable amount I can pay?" 

However, answering these questions may lead some to wonder whether alimony is even necessary. In some cases, the intended recipient might even feel pressured to waive alimony. This can be unwise, particularly if a person has enough to get by paycheck-to-paycheck, but zero wiggle room for emergencies. It is best if both parties keep emotions and guilt-tripping tactics out of alimony and instead focus on the reality at hand, which is that one person likely needs time to re-establish themselves as financially independent. 

Alimony is rarely sorted out early in the divorce process. Divorcing couples need time to figure out their finances and future needs, as well as what type of role spousal support plays in all of that. Although an understandably contentious topic, individuals in Texas who approach alimony with measured responses are often successful at reaching an agreement that pleases everyone. 

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