We’re Here To Help Guide You On Alimony
As an alimony lawyer for Massachusetts, Attorney Rachel Matos has helped divorcing couples settle their differences amicably. In March 2012, Massachusetts enacted a new alimony law (M.G.L. c. 208 Sections 48-55) that significantly affects the duration of existing alimony orders as well as the entry of new alimony orders. Among the provisions of the new law are limits based on the length of marriage, cohabitation of a recipient spouse, and exclusion of a payor spouse’s income, plus delineation of general term alimony, transitional alimony, reimbursement alimony, and rehabilitative alimony.
- If you’ve been married five years or less, alimony may not be awarded for more than 50% of the time married.
- If you’ve been married more than five years but less than 10, alimony may not be awarded for more than 60% of the time married.
- If you’ve been married more than 10 years but less than 15, alimony may not be awarded for more than 70% of the time married.
- If you’ve been married more than 15 years but less than 20, alimony may not be awarded for more than 80% of the time married.
- If you have been married more than 20 years, the court will use its discretion to award alimony.
In addition, the court can take into consideration cohabitation before the marriage and separation during the marriage to determine the practical length of marriage.
We can provide the necessary guidance and protect your interests in proceedings related to spousal support, asset division,and any other matter that might affect your financial independence.