Will Alimony Be a Part of Your Divorce?
Alimony can be a highly contested issue in Massachusetts, especially in divorces where one of the parties is a high wage earner. As a family law attorney serving clients in Framingham, Wellesley, Newton and the Metro West area of Massachusetts, I offer a free initial consultation to explain the process the courts will use in determining alimony.
How is Alimony Determined?
In Massachusetts, alimony is based on the needs of the person receiving it and the other's ability to pay. The court's approach is to look at how you lived during the marriage and to try to help each party maintain that station in life after your divorce to the extent it is possible.
Unlike child support, there are no formula used to calculate alimony. The amount of alimony awarded is dependent both on the facts of your case and the judge. When the person paying alimony is a high wage earner, alimony can be a significant amount of money.
How Long Does Alimony Continue?
Under Massachusetts law, the judge cannot order an end date to alimony except by agreement. However, it's easier for your lawyer to negotiate an end date or no alimony in a relatively short-term marriage (less than six years) than in a longer term marriage. It's also possible for your lawyer to negotiate a lump sum payment instead of regular monthly payments. There are important tax considerations that effect Alimony.
Alimony payments will end if either party dies or if the person receiving it remarries.
Free Lawyer Consultation
If you are want more information about alimony in Massachusetts, I offer a free initial consultation at my law office in Framingham. To schedule an appointment with me, attorney Eileen Agnes, call 508.879.9876 or fill out the contact form on this Web site.