Alimony and Spousal Support in Massachusetts
Alimony (also known as spousal support) laws in Massachusetts changed in 2012. Spousal support is now divided into reimbursement alimony, transitional alimony, rehabilitative alimony or general term alimony. General term alimony is subject to durational limits based on the length of the marriage and can be terminated upon retirement or cohabitation. Rehabilitative or transitional alimony are available to support a spouse temporarily until he or she can become financially independent. The Alimony Reform Act also gave some payors the ability to seek a modification of some previous alimony orders based on the change in the laws.
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Factors in Determining Spousal Support
Massachusetts courts consider multiple factors in determining whether one party will have to pay alimony to the other, how much alimony should be paid and how long the payments should continue. These factors include the length of the marriage, the needs of the recipient spouse and the ability of the payor spouse to pay. The court will also consider the assets that each party will have after the divorce is final. If the court awards alimony and medical insurance coverage is available, the court can also require the provision of insurance coverage.
No matter what type of support issues you face, we are Massachusetts divorce lawyers with the experience to help you navigate the system.
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As your lawyers, we can help you establish an initial order for support and health insurance coverage, modify a temporary order or final judgment, or enforce an existing order through contempt proceedings.