Massachusetts Alimony Laws

Written by Lori Covington
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Massachusetts alimony laws are applied based on eleven factors unique to each divorcing couple. In no-fault divorce cases, Massachusetts alimony laws do not consider fault a factor, which would prevent the consideration of spouses' conduct while married as a reason for increased alimony. (In divorces with fault grounds, spouses' conduct may be considered when calculating alimony.)

Gender is not a factor in Massachusetts alimony law: husband or wife can be ordered to pay spousal support, while homemakers of either sex are considered to be contributing to acquiring, caring for and appreciating the value of property. Although earlier divorce laws left women and children impoverished, current laws take into consideration the wage-earning potential of both partners and their joint responsibility to their children.

The Impact of Massachusetts Alimony Laws on Your Family

Other factors considered in calculating alimony include spouses' age and state of health, how long the marriage has lasted, the occupation and sources of income for each spouse, and the contribution of each individual. Employability is considered, as well as health insurance issues, and the court looks at individuals' vocational skills.

Most important in Massachusetts Alimony Laws is the consideration of the current and future needs of children in the family. Divorce is a stressful and painful experience, which can sometimes drag on for years. Conducting your divorce through the services of a mediator rather than hiring lawyers can reduce the financial burden on parents even as it reduces emotional stress on children. Studies have shown that children whose parents use mediation rather than litigation in divorce adapt faster and with far less emotional strain than children whose parents use lawyers.


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