Alimony, also referred to as spousal support or maintenance, is court-ordered payment from one former spouse to another for a designated period of time. Alimony can result from contested proceedings, or be agreed upon through a court approved settlement agreement. Massachusetts alimony takes four different forms:
Massachusetts Alimony Laws Overview
Massachusetts Code Chapter 208, Section 34-37
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Most forms of alimony have a term set by the court. The duration of general term alimony depends upon the length of the marriage.
Courts may extend, reduce, or stop alimony for various reasons including death, remarriage, retirement, cohabitation with another partner, a material change in circumstances, and for other good cause.
Note: State laws are always subject to change through the passage of new legislation, rulings in the higher courts (including federal decisions), ballot initiatives, and other means. While we strive to provide the most current information available, please consult an attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.
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Questions About Alimony? Talk to a Massachusetts Divorce Attorney
Whether you are seeking alimony, or your spouse wants alimony from you, an experienced attorney can help ensure that the court hears your best arguments for fairness. The broad range of factors considered in the Massachusetts alimony process means that claims and defenses can become complicated and confused. Consider meeting with a local divorce attorney today to learn more.
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