My name is XXXXX XXXXX I'd be happy to answer your questions today. I'm sorry to hear about your situation.
Civil contempt of court is meant to be coercive - if the judge finds that a person is able to pay, but is not doing so, he has the ability to put the person in jail until he complies with the court order. There is no time limit, because the contempt is considered to be ongoing every day that the person does not pay.
I can tell you, though, that this is an extreme measure. Also, Texas law prohibits spousal support where the spouses were married less than ten years. If you were married only 1.5 years, you cannot be ordered to pay spousal support unless your spouse is mentally or physically incapable of providing for herself. Tex. Fam. Code, Section 8.051
. Even in that case, the judge would have to consider your ability to pay and could not hold you in contempt if you truly did not have the money.
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