Texas Legal Definitions
Galveston County Divorce Attorney
You probably would not go into a job interview without knowing at least
a little bit of information about the opening. You definitely should not
take a hike along a nature trail without bringing a map. If preparation
and understanding is clearly the key to success in so many of life’s
challenges, why would you begin a
divorce or enter into a
family law dispute without first understanding the basics and knowing the lay of the land?
At The Karenko Law Firm PLLC, I just want to see my clients happy, comfortable,
and stepping in the right direction of a brighter chapter in their lives.
To this end, I have compiled a helpful list of some of the most common
legal definitions in Texas State’s family law statutes. Take some
time to familiarize yourself with them so you do not feel left in the
dark and to gain some perspective on the legal challenges that may be
ahead. Of course, if you need the help of a Galveston County divorce lawyer
right away, you are encouraged to dial
409.515.7063 and schedule your
free case evaluation today.
List of Common Texas Legal Definitions in Divorce & Family Law
- Section 8.001 Definitions:
Maintenance: “An award in a suit for dissolution of a marriage of period payments
from the future income of one spouse for the support of the other spouse.”
Many people might know maintenance as
spousal support. Maintenance is meant to allow both spouses to keep the standard of living
established during the marriage after the divorce finalizes.
Notice of application for a writ of withholding: “The document delivered to an obligor and filed with the court as
required by this chapter for the nonjudicial determination of arrears
and initiation of withholding for spousal maintenance.” The official
court document that notifies your ex-spouse that a portion of their wages
will be forcefully withheld from them and giving to you after they have
intentionally not paid maintenance or child support that was ordered by
Obligee: “A person entitled to receive payments under the terms of an order
for spousal maintenance.” If your ex-spouse must pay you spousal
maintenance, you are the obligee.
Obligor: “A person required to make periodic payments under the terms of
an order for spousal maintenance.” On the other hand, if you must
pay your ex-spouse spousal maintenance, you are the obligor.
Writ of withholding: “The document issued by the clerk of a court and delivered to an
employer, directing that earnings be withheld for payment of spousal maintenance
as provided by this chapter.” While the notice of application is
given to your ex-spouse when their wages will be garnished for spousal
maintenance payments, the actual writ of withholding itself is given to
Be sure to visit this legal definition list whenever you encounter an unfamiliar
term, as more definitions will be added as time goes on. You should also
contact me, Galveston County Divorce Attorney Juliann Karenko, if you have a question
that needs addressing right away.