I'm Lucy, and I'd be happy to answer your questions today.
In a situation where the spouses earned about the same amount during the marriage
and lived apart, alimony
is unlikely. Alimony is need-based, and if your spouse was able to support herself living apart from you for the past 5 years, there's no reason for the judge to think that shouldn't continue.
Also note that if you haven't been married at least 10 years, Texas law prohibits her from getting alimony.
All assets acquired during the marriage will be split equally between the two of you by the judge. Equally doesn't necessarily mean the two of you split everything in half. If her car is worth more than yours, she'd have to pay you half the difference in equity. The same is true with the houses. The judge can use one asset to offset another. So, for example, if your house is worth $20,000 more than hers, the judge could give her an extra $10,000 from a bank account. If the two of you can reach an agreement, the judge will usually accept it.
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