March 1, 2012, marks the beginning of new spousal support provisions. Previously, lifelong alimony could be awarded to those from both short-term and long-term marriages. As of March 1, 2012, those spousal support provisions are terminated. The Massachusetts legislature calls this "alimony reform." People who are currently paying or receiving alimony may experience a change in the type of or amount of alimony they are paying or receiving after a divorce.
Are you afraid of alimony termination? Do you need assistance terminating a lifelong alimony award? Whatever situation you are in, we can help.
The Marblehead spousal support payment lawyers at Porcello Law Offices provide practical solutions to these matters. We have more than 40 years of combined legal experience and are devoted to our clients. Contact a Salem alimony termination attorney to arrange a free initial consultation.
A few changes to the law include:
- Most people who are paying spousal support will be allowed to stop paying when they retire.
- The number of years a person can receive support will be based on the length of the marriage. For example, if the marriage lasted five years, alimony may be ordered for up to two and a half years. If a marriage lasted between 15 and 20 years, alimony could be ordered for up to 12 and 16 years.
With these new and specific guidelines in place, we understand that you may be concerned about changes to your financial picture. If you are currently paying support, you may want to explore your options for modifying an existing support order. If you are currently receiving support, you may feel nervous about when the payment will terminate. Porcello Law Offices can answer your questions and provide the legal guidance you require.
Contact Our Marblehead Spousal Support Payment Attorneys
At Porcello Law Offices, your family matter is important to us. Work with a Massachusetts law firm devoted to you. We offer free initial consultations. To schedule yours, you may call 978-745-5553 or contact us online.