New Alimony Law In Massachusetts
As Boston Family Law Attorneys, we understand, unlike child support, there have never been any real Guidelines for Alimony in Massachusetts. Therefore, it was one of the most fraught and uncertain areas of Massachusetts family law. However, all that is changing. Alimony Law in Massachusetts is in the process of undergoing a sea change. The Alimony Reform Act of 2011 has obtained the support of the major bar associations and is expected to become law in the near future.
There used to be just plain alimony. In the near future there will be "General Term Alimony," "Rehabilitative Alimony," "Reimbursement Alimony," and "Transitional Alimony.” There will be Guidelines as to the duration of spousal support depending on the length of the marriage. To help better comprehend the complexity, we recommend you contact a divorce lawyer in Boston.
The Retirement of the Payor Spouse and Co-habitation by the Payee Spouse may trigger a reduction, suspension, or termination of alimony. The duration of the marriage will be a key factor in determining the length of time that the Court may order that alimony be paid.
Can your present Separation Agreement be modified? If you receive alimony, or are eligible for alimony, will you be able to have your reasonable needs met? If you are an alimony payor, how long will you be responsible for your former spouse?
Attorney Fudala, an experienced alimony lawyer in Boston, can help you navigate these new legal shoals. She can advise you as to whether and for how long you may expect to receive or pay alimony. There are many factors involved in the determination of alimony. There will be many grounds for deviation from the alimony guidelines, such as advanced age, chronic illness, and various financial circumstances.
Attorney Fudala has nearly 30 years of experience in family law in the Greater Boston Area and keeps up to date on new developments in family law. She has successfully served hundreds of clients in the towns of Arlington, Belmont, Cambridge, Concord, Lexington, and many other towns under the jurisdiction of the Probate and Family Courts of Middlesex, Essex, Suffolk, Norfolk counties.