Experiencing the loss of a job in Texas can naturally be frightening. However, losing a job and getting a divorce at the same time can seem like a formidable ordeal to get through. A couple of tips may help individuals who are in such a situation to pursue the most favorable outcomes possible in light of the circumstances.
In some cases, divorcing individuals lose their jobs because their companies decided to institute layoffs. As they seek spousal support, these individuals can argue that they are not at fault in their job loss and that they are working hard to look for new job opportunities. This may put them in the best position possible for acquiring the spousal support they need while they are unemployed.
The court during such a divorce proceeding will focus on ensuring that the laid-off spouse can maintain his or her pre-divorce lifestyle even with the job loss, especially if he or she has children. For this reason, it is not uncommon for the employed spouse to have to pay more in spousal support to help the laid-off spouse for a certain amount of time. The two spouses, however, can create an agreement with a sliding scale to keep the paying party from becoming unreasonably burdened by his or her alimony payments.
Putting together a mutually satisfactory divorce agreement during mediation or informal negotiations may make the process of divorce easier for all parties involved. This is because going through divorce litigation is often a lengthier, more stressful and more expensive process. However, a Texas family law attorney can provide direction and support during any legal proceedings on behalf of his or her clients.