Massachusetts Alimony Reform
When you are divorcing from your spouse, there are many issues which may arise, including a concern about spousal support. At DiBella Law Offices, P.C., we are committed to providing you with dependable advice and protecting your best interest.
The Massachusetts Alimony Reform Bill went into effect on March 1, 2012. This law change may impact your spousal support or alimony arrangement upon your divorce. Our firm has extensive experience in all areas of family law, and we offer our services to clients from offices in Burlington, Methuen, and Boston.
There are many different types of this financial support that a person can receive after a divorce is finalized. Alimony is based upon a decision made by a court at the time of a divorce. For long-term marriages (those that lasted more than 20 years), alimony will end at retirement age.
The following maximum alimony terms are proposed for marriages lasting less than 20 years:
- Five years or less — Half the length of the marriage
- More than five years to 10 years — 60 percent of the number of months of marriage
- More than 10 years to 15 years — 70 percent of the number of months of marriage
- More than 15 years to 20 years — 80 percent of the number of months of marriage
If the paying spouse remarries, the income and assets of his or her new husband/wife will not be considered in modifying alimony. The amount of alimony generally should not exceed 30-35 percent of the difference between the parties’ gross incomes established at the time of the alimony order, or the recipient’s need. In cases where good cause can be proven to grant an extension of alimony, the court has the discretion to do so.
In addition, if during a marriage one spouse fails to finish his or her education in order to support the relationship or marriage, that person may be eligible for rehabilitative alimony. In cases such as this, a parent who was forced to quit school to stay home with children or enter the working world may receive this type of alimony if he or she wishes to return to school.
Our Methuen alimony lawyer has nearly two decades of experience to use to your advantage. We truly care about our clients, and are available 24/7 to help you.
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