Massachusetts Alimony Lawyer
Alimony is a key issue in divorce and can be worth significant amounts of money. Massachusetts Alimony Attorney Bill Farias is a skilled, aggressive divorce lawyer that will ensure that you get a favorable alimony judgment in your case to put you in the best financial position possible walking away from your divorce.
In addition to a retirement provision, the new Massachusetts Alimony Law also includes provisions for cohabitation and term limits to help ensure fair alimony awards.
The following factors are used to determine the form of alimony and in setting the amount and duration of support:
length of marriage
age of the parties
employment and employability of the parties, including employability through reasonable diligence and additional training
economic & non economic contributions of the parties
ability of each party to maintain the marital lifestyle
lost economic opportunity as a result of the marriage
Different Types of Massachusetts Alimony
Reimbursement Alimony: used to compensate the recipient spouse for contributing to the financial resources of the payor during the marriage, such as enabling the attainment of education or job training. It’s only available in marriages 5 years and shorter.
Transitional Alimony: used to help the receiving spouse transition to an adjusted lifestyle or location after the divorce. It’s only available in marriages 5 years and shorter, and only for a maximum of 3 years.
General Term Alimony: this is the default alimony classification, and is generally used to provide for an economically dependent spouse. The following time limits are included in the statute to ensure alimony awards are proportionate to the length of the marriage:
|Length of Marriage||Maximum Length of Alimony|
|5 years or less||50% the number of months of marriage|
|more than 5 years up to 10 years||60% the number of months of marriage|
|more than 10 years up to 15 years||70% the number of months of marriage|
|more than 15 years up to 20 years||80% the number of months of marriage|
|longer than 20 years||Indefinite (except for retirement provision)|
How Much Alimony Will I Have to Pay?
The law limits alimony to the receiving spouse’s need or 30-35% of the difference between the spouses’ gross incomes.
Judges have the discretion to deviate from the suggested amount and time limits only if necessary, and they must make written findings discussing their decision. The grounds a judge can use for deviation include: advanced age; illness; taxes; health insurance; life insurance; unearned income; premarital cohabitation; physical or mental abuse; lack of property, maintenance, or employment opportunity; among others.
Receiving spouse’s need or
% of the difference between the spouses’ gross incomes
Massachusetts Alimony Retirement Provision
Massachusetts Alimony Cohabitation Rule
Modification of Existing Alimony Orders
To give yourself the best chance of a favorable alimony judgment, contact Massachusetts Alimony Lawyer Bill Farias for a CONSULTATION at (508) 675-0464 or submit the contact form on this page. His aggressive representation will ensure you get the alimony settlement you deserve.