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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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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