If you are getting divorced in Massachusetts, you likely have a lot of questions. One of the questions at the top of your list may be: “Will I receive alimony?” In many marriages, one spouse is financially dependent on the other. In other common cases, a spouse may put their career goals aside in order for their spouse to pursue his or her goals. In cases like these, alimony may be awarded. Read on to learn more about alimony in Massachusetts.
What is general term alimony?
The amount of alimony awarded is determined by the length of the marriage. In Massachusetts, the following formula is used:
- 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.
Additional alimony options in Massachusetts?
Every couple’s situation is different. As a result, there are different types of alimony, including:
- Rehabilitative alimony: This type of alimony is awarded for a short period of time in order 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 the other spouse’s 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.
How is alimony determined?
Alimony payments may come to an end in the following cases:
- Remarriage or cohabitation of the dependent spouse
- The paying party reaches “full retirement age”, unless decided otherwise by a court
On the other hand, alimony can be extended if:
- A significant change in circumstances after alimony was decided
- Evidence for an extension that is clear and convincing
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