Alimony and Spousal Support Lawyers
Alimony and spousal support in Massachusetts are one in the same. March 1, 2012, marked 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 were 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.
Our lawyers provide practical solutions to these and other family law matters. We have more than 50 years of combined legal experience and are devoted to our client’s case throughout the entire process.
A few changes to the alimony 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 alimony, you may want to explore your options for modifying an existing spousal support order. If you are currently receiving spousal support, you may feel nervous about when the payment will terminate. Our attorneys can answer your questions and provide the legal guidance you require.
Questions About Your Spousal Support?
Our attorneys are well versed in Massachusetts alimony laws. If you have questions about your spousal support agreement and would like to speak with an experienced family law attorney, please call our office to schedule a consultation.