What the New Alimony Law May Mean for You

Divorce is understandably an emotionally triggered word, stirring up a host of powerful sentiments among all parties involved. Though it can be tempting to get lost in the emotional factors of the moment, it’s important that both husband and wife go in to negotiations with their eyes wide open, aware of all their options and potential liabilities.

Last year’s fundamental changes in Massachusetts alimony law make it all the more critical to understand clearly what the legal ramifications of divorce today can look like. So far, judges have been interpreting and applying this law in vastly different ways – perhaps quite unlike the original drafters intended. It will take time (some say even as much as 10 years) to sort out all the variances. Read More >>

Types of Alimony

With the passage of the Alimony Reform Act of 2011 and its subsequent enforcement starting March 1, 2012, Massachusetts couples contemplating or undergoing divorce have suddenly been presented with a wider array of alimony possibilities.

Those who sought divorce prior to the reform act only had one option: General Term. This periodic payment of support by the payor (stereotypically the man) to an economically-dependent recipient has been the widely accepted understanding for years of how alimony works. The duration of alimony didn’t vary much – in most cases, alimony was to be paid indefinitely.  Without a formula, the amount varied widely depending on the parties and, if they did not agree, the Judge. Read More >>

What Has Changed in Massachusetts Alimony Law

When a couple decides that they are heading for divorce, they often seek out mediation or Collaborative Practice to help them navigate uncertain waters.

As many begin to work through the process , they unknowingly harbor misconceptions about alimony that they may have picked up from their friends, relatives, or television.

Unfortunately, recent extensive changes in alimony law in Massachusetts mean that what may have been true in a friend’s situation a year ago has now been replaced with a radically different law that could be enforced or interpreted by a judge in a vastly different way. Read More >>