Explaining How The Massachusetts Alimony Reform Act May Affect You
We help clients throughout Greater Boston and Boston North Shore with a wide range of alimony and support issues. We can help you modify existing alimony or advise you on your options regarding alimony during your divorce.
Our lead attorney Monique Boucher Lamb was born and raised in Salem, Massachusetts. She has watched the Massachusetts alimony laws change over the years. She stays up-to-date on changes in divorce law, including the Massachusetts Alimony Reform Act. She can help you understand how it will affect your alimony, whether during a divorce or when looking to change existing alimony arrangements.
Under the New Law, Lifetime Alimony Payments Are Rare
The new alimony law established some drastic changes to the alimony laws. First, it placed a limit on the duration of alimony based on the number of years the couple was married.
For example, if a couple was married for less than five years, the alimony cannot last for more than 50 percent of the length of the marriage. Therefore, if a couple was married for two years, alimony could not last more than one year. For long-term marriages that lasted longer than 20 years, extended alimony periods can be granted. However, alimony will end at the age of retirement.