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Can alimony be terminated in Massachusetts?

Alimony is received in multiple ways, including spousal support. Those in Massachusetts might wonder if alimony can be terminated. Here are some general rules for receiving and ceasing alimony. 

A judge is the sole individual who has the power to change general term alimony as long as there is no written agreement that specifically gives instructions for the alimony to remain unchanged. Changing the end date on orders cannot be done. 

The alimony agreement is usually void if the person receiving alimony gets remarried, either spouse passes away or the spouse that is providing the other with funds reaches their full retirement age. This general term alimony may also be suspended if the spouse receiving the funds lives with another individual. Most surviving independent contracts cannot be changed, unless under extreme circumstances, such as one party going into poverty without a revision. 

In short, your Massachusetts alimony agreement cannot be changed unless you family and are in dire need or have a unique situation. Reasons for termination are very specific and also unlikely in most cases, such as the spouse dying while paying alimony benefits to the other spouse.

Alimony is a big factor with many divorces in these modern days. People often rely on that money to live on and feed their children. Likewise, some who pay alimony do not think that the people they are paying should be receiving benefits. If you have an additional question regarding alimony or spousal support, contacting an experienced attorney might be very beneficial to your case.   

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