Alimony in Massachusetts Divorce Proceedings
Divorce is much more than severing a marital relationship. It means going from one household to two. In many cases, it also means going from two incomes to one or from one income to none. Generations ago, alimony or spousal support may have been considered to be an automatic result of divorce. However, in today’s society with the varying employability of people going through divorce, each case is entirely different. Therefore, it is necessary to have a skilled lawyer on your side who can explain your rights, as well as the process for determining alimony/support.
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Spousal Support ∙ Alimony ∙ Spousal Maintenance
Under Massachusetts divorce laws, determination of support payments and property division are very closely intertwined. The courts make decisions based upon what is fair or necessary. Therefore, when determining if support is necessary, the court looks at many of the same factors as those governing the division of marital property, including:
- Length of the marriage
- Age and health of the parties
- Income of both parties
- Occupation, vocational skills, and employability
The goal of spousal support or alimony is to enable a party to maintain the financial lifestyle to which they became accustomed during the marriage. In addition to monetary support, in certain cases, the court may also require the individual paying support to maintain health insurance coverage for the other party.
In some cases, temporary spousal support may be awarded to enable a party to obtain the vocational training or education needed to return to the workforce. This is often the case for people who have stayed home caring for children rather than working during the course of the marriage.
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