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A decade of same-sex marriage in Massachusetts by the numbers

Over the last couple of years, same-sex marriage has been in the news almost constantly as the United States Supreme Court has weighed in on the topic and state lawmakers have reacted. But all of these other jurisdictions may be wise to take a look at Massachusetts, the first state to legalize gay marriage over a decade ago, for an idea of how the issues will evolve.

How does remarriage affect alimony?

It is not uncommon for people to remarry after getting divorced. A question that often comes up in this scenario is, “Do I still need to pay my ex alimony if he or she remarried?” In most cases, the answer to this question is no.

Determining income for purposes of alimony

Under Massachusetts law, courts consider a number of factors in determining whether to award alimony and if so, the amount and duration of the alimony award. One factor is the income of the parties. But what happens if one of the parties is unemployed or underemployed? How do courts decide what—if any—income to assign to that party?