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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 the court.
  • 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 their employer.

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.

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