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Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts Provides Framework & Guidance for Applying Presumptive Alimony Durational Limits and Deviation Standards.

The Alimony Reform Act of 2011 establishes presumptive time limitation schedules for the payment of alimony based upon the time period in which the parties were married for marriages up to twenty years.  The presumptive durational limits in the Alimony Reform Act apply retroactively to alimony awards that pre-date the Act. 

How long can someone receive alimony under state law?

The days of lifetime alimony are generally a thing of the past. Women — who have commonly been the recipients of spousal support — are now more likely to be just as well- if not better-educated, than their husbands. They're also likely to have spent a number of years in the workplace, even if they took some time off to have and rear children.

Helping minimize the tax consequences of divorce

Too often, divorcing couples don't consider the tax consequences of their decisions regarding division of property and assets, spousal and child support and other financial matters. That's why at David M. Gabriel & Associates, we work with a certified public accountant to help our clients avoid unnecessary tax liability and ensure that their marital property is properly valued so that it can be divided fairly.

Why you should hold off on romance until your divorce is final

Many people going through a divorce can't even think about the possibility of dating again. However, what if you meet the person you truly believe could be the new love of your life? Even if you're emotionally ready to become involved in a new relationship, doing so could harm your divorce and custody negotiations.

Why don't men get alimony more often?

Though many people often think of men as the main breadwinners for the family unit in the vast majority of cases, recent studies show that this is largely an outdated mode of thinking. In reality, roughly 40 percent of households have women as the main earners.

What judges consider regarding alimony

If you've asked for alimony in your divorce filing or filed a Complaint for Alimony after the fact, you're probably wondering how much you can get and how a judge determines what should be paid out. Every situation is a bit different -- there is no strict law saying a set level of alimony must be paid -- so the judge has to look at a variety of factors and make a specific ruling in every case. Some of these factors include the following:

How much can be taken through wage garnishment?

If your ex is ordered to pay alimony or child support and then he or she does not pay, wage garnishment can sometimes be used to get back the money that is owed. This is a preferred method because the wages are garnished before they pass from the employer to the employee, so there is no way for your ex to stop that money from coming to you.

What does rehabilitative alimony mean?

As its name may suggest, rehabilitative alimony is when one spouse makes payments to the other in order to help the receiving spouse get back on his or her feet after divorce. Its main purpose is to help the receiving spouse become employable and self-sufficient. Rehabilitative alimony is awarded for a predetermined amount of time after which the payments will cease.