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623 Main Street, Suite 13

Woburn, Massachusetts 01801

Phone: (781) 935-7100

Alimony Laws in Massachusetts

Alimony is financial support paid by one spouse (or former spouse) who has the ability to pay to the other spouse who is in need of support. Alimony payments are deducted from income for the payor (the one paying), and included as income by the payee (the one being paid) for tax purposes. Alimony is usually paid on a weekly amount, but it may be paid in other ways pursuant to the Court's order or judgment. Alimony is not the same as child support.

In Massachusetts, the Probate and Family Court may make a judgment for either of the parties to pay alimony to the other. Or, the Court may assign to either party all or any part of the marital estate as a one-time payment of alimony. In determining the amount of alimony, the Court considers the following:

  • Length of marriage
  • Conduct of the parties during marriage
  • Age of the parties
  • Health of the parties
  • Station of the parties
  • Occupation of the parties
  • Amount of income of the parties
  • Sources of income of the parties
  • Vocational skills of the parties
  • Employability of the parties
  • Estate of the parties
  • Liabilities of the parties
  • Opportunity of the parties to acquire future capital assets
  • Opportunity of the parties to acquire further income
  • Contribution of the parties in the acquisition of their Estate
  • Contribution of the parties in the preservation of their estate
  • Contribution of the parties in the appreciation of their estate
  • Contribution of the parties as a homemaker in the family unit
  • Needs of the parties
  • Needs of the children

Resources: Alimony Calculator

Alimony Reform Law

The laws relative to alimony (Alimony Reform Act) were reformed in 2011. Traditionally, an alimony award could not be limited or changed except by agreement of the parties. With the reformed law, a traditional alimony award, now considered general alimony, shall terminate upon remarriage or cohabitation of the recipient or death of the payor, or where the Court finds reason to deviate from the new durational limits. Additionally, alimony may terminate when the payor reaches retirement age. The new law permits the payor to seek to terminate the alimony order if certain criteria are met.

Alimony Definitions

The new alimony law defines four categories of alimony:

  • Rehabilitative Alimony
  • Reimbursement Alimony
  • Transitional Alimony
  • General Alimony

Alimony Orders

In order to modify or terminate your alimony order, you need permission from the Court. Kathleen Black Reynolds, Esq. has the experience and skills to assist you through the recent changes to the alimony laws. You deserve to be represented by an experienced attorney with experience in all areas of family law. Kathleen Black Reynolds, Esq. is a Massachusetts divorce attorney and will provide the legal support, knowledge and skills you need. She passionately advocates for her clients to obtain the best possible solution in an economically efficient manner. She will consult with you throughout the process to answer your questions, and give you realistic and practical explanations of your options.

Conveniently located in Woburn center, contact her for a complimentary consultation: