What to Know About Alimony Arrangements in Massachusetts

If you are getting divorced, you may have a lot of questions about alimony arrangements. Read on to learn more about alimony in Massachusetts.

What to Know About General Term Alimony 

When it comes to General Term Alimony, the amount of alimony is determined by the length of the marriage. In Massachusetts, if you were married: 

  • Less than 5 years, alimony cannot be required for more than 50% of the length of the marriage
  • Less than 10 years, alimony cannot be required for more than 60% of the length of the marriage
  • Less than 15 years, alimony cannot be required for more than 70% of the length of the marriage
  • Less than 20 years, alimony cannot be required for more than 80% of the length of the marriage
  • More than 20 years, alimony will be fairly determined by a judge.

Are There Other Types of Alimony?

Every situation is different. As a result, there are different types of alimony. In Massachusetts, there are three other types of alimony. These types are as follows: 

  • Rehabilitative alimony: These are required for a short period of time to help a dependent spouse become financially independent.
  • Reimbursement alimony: This may be paid over time or as one whole payment. Its purpose is to reimburse one spouse for the cost of supporting an education or job training.
  • Transitional alimony: This only applies to marriages of less than 5 years. The payments are meant to help a spouse establish a new life after marriage. They can be broken up over time or paid in full.

Ending or Extending Alimony Payments

Alimony payments may be ended early if:

  • The dependent spouse remarries or moves in with another individual
  • The spouse who is paying reaches “full retirement age”
  • Either spouse passes away

Alternatively, alimony can even be extended if it is deemed necessary by the court. This may be in the event of: 

  • A critical change in a spouse’s life after the alimony was decided
  • Convincing evidence for an extension

Alimony can be a complex issue, but our firm is here to help. If you are getting divorced in Massachusetts, reach out to our experienced and dedicated team of attorneys.

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