Calculating Texas Maintenance

Learn how to make Texas maintenance (alimony) calculations using the Texas Maintenance Calculator.

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Using the Texas Maintenance Calculator

The Texas Maintenance (Alimony) Calculator makes maximum Texas maintenance calculations with one click of the mouse. Before you can calculate Texas maintenance, however, you must enter gross income and marriage length information into the calculator.

Step 1: Enter the Gross Incomes

First, you must enter the spouses' gross incomes. Enter the gross incomes into the appropriate inputs in the Texas Maintenance Calculator form. The gross incomes should be entered in dollar amounts with no letters or special characters, such as the dollar symbol or commas.

Texas Maintenance Calculator gross income inputs

The Texas Maintenance Calculator uses the gross incomes entered into the calculator inputs to calculate the maximum Texas maintenance amount. To calculate maximum maintenance amounts, the Texas Maintenance Calculator uses the Texas Family Code formula. Under the Texas Family Code formula, the maximum maintenance amount is 20% of the paying spouse's gross income, but, in no event, will the spouse be required to pay more than $5,000 per month in maintenance. The Texas Maintenance Calculator will indicate if the maximum maintenance amount has been capped at $5,000 as follows:

Texas Maintenance Calculator maintenance capped

Step 2: Enter the Marriage Length

Second, you must enter the length of the spouses' marriage. Once you have determined the marriage length, enter the length into the appropriate input in the Texas Maintenance Calculator form. The length should be entered in years with no letters or special characters.

Texas Maintenance Calculator marriage length input

The Texas Maintenance Calculator uses the marriage length entered into the calculator input to calculate the maximum Texas maintenance duration. To calculate maximum maintenance durations, the Texas Maintenance Calculator uses the Texas Family Code formula. Under the Texas Family Code formula, the maximum maintenance duration is calculated based on the following table:

Length of the Marriage Maximum Maintenance Duration
Less than 10 years 0 years
10 years or more but less than 20 years 5 years
20 years or more but less than 30 years 7 years
30 years or more 10 years

In addition, Texas law provides that, in marriages lasting less than 10 years, maintenance may be ordered for up to 5 years where there is an act of family violence within 2 years of the divorce. The Texas Maintenance Calculator accounts for this exception and for marriages lasting less than 10 years, indicates as follows:

Texas Maintenance Calculator family violence exception

Step 3: Make the Calculation

Once the spouses' gross incomes and marriage length have been entered into the Texas Maintenance Calculator, click the "Calculate" button. That's it! Your Texas maintenance calculation will display on the page underneath the Texas Maintenance Calculator.

Texas Maintenance Calculator calculation

The Texas maintenance calculation result contains both a maximum maintenance amount and duration, both of which are based on the Texas Family Code formula.

Validation Errors

If the Texas Maintenance Calculator was submitted with invalid information, the calculator will display validation errors on the calculator inputs that were filled out incorrectly and the "Calculate" button will be disabled. Also, error messages will be displayed below the inputs that indicate the reasons for the errors.

Texas Maintenance Calculator validation errors

If you receive validation errors, enter valid information into the calculator inputs that contain the validation errors. Upon entry of new information, the validation error will be removed from the updated calculator input. Once all validation errors have been removed, the "Calculate" button will be re-enabled for resubmission of the Texas Maintenance (Alimony) Calculator.