Your Guide Through the New Alimony Law
In September of 2011, the governor of Massachusetts signed into law a set of limits on alimony. During the transition from the old law to the new law, there may be some confusion among both judges and attorneys as they seek to determine exactly how the new law should be interpreted. Some of the language of the new law is unclear or vague, and even the simplest phrases can mean vastly different things, depending on each situation.
What this means for divorced and divorcing couples is that they will need an experienced Westborough alimony attorney to help them sort through the new law. In general, the new law tends to be more favorable towards the alimony payor, rather than the recipient. There is a cap on how long alimony will last, and the there are guidelines for payment of alimony at the same time that someone is paying child support.
Experienced Westborough Spousal Support and Alimony Lawyer
Prior to alimony reform, the alimony or spousal support calculation was interwoven with the child support determination. The child support was determined first and then alimony could be used to create a better balance for the children and between the spouses, at least in the short term.
Now, there are guidelines restricting judges from issuing alimony indefinitely or even as long as a child support order is in effect. This is true even in situations where there is a gross disparity in income between the two parents. For the stay-at-home parent, this means that a reintroduction into the workforce may come earlier than planned.
At the Law Office of Leila J. Wons, we help both men and women with alimony or alimony modifications. Please contact us for help with any of the following situations:
- Alimony modifications — either increases or decreases due to changes in job situations or other factors
- Alimony determinations during divorce proceedings
- Alimony modifications for pre-retirees or retirees
- Alimony determinations for same-sex couples
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We can help with any family law issue — from alimony to paternity. Please call 508-986-9406 or send our lawyer an e-mail to schedule an initial appointment at no charge.