Massachusetts Spousal Support Facts

Spousal support, also known as alimony, is court-ordered financial support paid by one spouse to the other after a divorce. It is a contentious issue, sometimes even more so than child custody or asset division. Massachusetts has four kinds of alimony, and the amount of support awarded depends on a number of factors. Either party can ask for alimony, but if awarded, the spouse who has the lower-income is usually the person who receives it. Types of Alimony Rehabilitative Alimony – The court awards this kind of alimony to help a spouse become financially independent. It might pay for more
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Massachusetts Alimony Law

Going through a divorce is never an exciting time. Most often it comes with much heartache or filled with bitterness. One of the hardest topics of a divorce is the issue of alimony and spousal support in Family Law. Alimony is when a judge orders one spouse to pay another spouse a specific amount of money every month, for a certain amount of time. The length of the marriage is a significant factor when determining the amount of alimony one can expect to receive. “According to the Massachusetts Alimony Calculator, under the current Massachusetts law if the marriage lasts five
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How are Alimony and Spousal Support Calculated?

During the divorce, the court might order one party to pay alimony (spousal support) to the other.   A judge looks at each case individually and uses a number of factors to determine if one party deserve support or not. Both men and women can request support, but it is not a guarantee for either spouse. When considering Massachusetts family law and deciding whether to award alimony, as well as in what amount and for what duration, the court considers: •    The marriage length •    Each party’s behavior during the marriage •    Each party’s age and health •    Each party’s income
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Appeals Court Ruled In Favor Regarding Division Of Marital Assets

The former husband took the position that since the Alimony Reform Act of 2012 defined the length of marriage as date of marriage to date of service of the summons, that marital assets should be divided in the same manner. Historically assets were valued and divided as of the date of divorce. The former husband appealed the decision of the trial court which followed the historical view of asset division and rejected his assertion that assets should be valued and divided as of the date of service on the divorce summons. The Appeals Court ruled in favor of my Client
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