San Antonio point guard Tony Parker filed for a dissolution of marriage last week in Texas just after his estranged wife Eva Longoria filed for the divorce in Los Angeles, CA. There seems to be some disagreement as to where their case should be heard.
The Los Angeles Times reports that there's probably a few reasons why Tony Parker wants the divorce case to be heard in the Lone Star state. First of all, there's a shorter waiting period for divorce cases in Texas, where an uncontested divorce can be completed in as little as 60 days from the date of the divorce filing. California, on the other hand, has a six month waiting period for a divorce.
Secondly, alimony would not be awarded in the case between Tony Parker and Eva Longoria if their divorce was to be heard in Texas. DivorceSource.com reports that spousal maintenance can only be awarded in Texas if a spouse was convicted of family violence within two years before the date the petition for divorce was filed or if the duration of the marriage lasted at least 10 years. In this case, neither spouse has a family violence conviction and the celebrity couple have only been married since 2007.
The majority of spouses that file for a divorce in Texas do not qualify for spousal maintenance. If spousal maintenance is awarded, it's usually only enough money to provide a spouse with minimal needs. It's usually a good idea to get Texas family law attorneys involved in a divorce case where one spouse qualifies for spousal maintenance to ensure that a reasonable amount of spousal maintenance is awarded and that the amount is not excessive.