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2013 brings new change to existing alimony laws

This year changes pertaining to the current alimony laws in Massachusetts were announced. These changes could directly affect many divorced individuals in the Boston area and throughout the state who are currently paying (or receiving) alimony. The law is scheduled to take effect on March 1, 2013. The new laws apply to couples who were married 20 years or less. These changes could affect many divorced retirees who are currently paying spousal support. The result could mean that their current obligation will be reduced or even eliminated altogether. At this time, there are various forms of alimony that can be ordered during a divorce. For example, one type is known as transitional alimony. This form is for couples whose marriage did not make the five-year mark. Its intention is to provide a financial “transition” from the lifestyle the obligee (spouse receiving payment) became accustomed to during marriage to that of a single wage household. Another form of alimony is referred to as rehabilitative alimony. This form of support assists the recipient in learning new job schools either through training or education so he or she can become “economically self-sufficient.” Finally, there is reimbursement alimony. The obligor (the person paying alimony) is responsible for reimbursing the obligee for his or her contribution to the marriage through a one-time payment or a series of periodic payments. This form of spousal support is also for marriage of less than five years. There is also what is referred to as general term alimony. This

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Massachusetts rolls out new alimony reform laws

As of March 1, 2012 the newest alimony reform went into effect in Massachusetts. Many divorced couples are now checking their divorce papers in order to try to figure out if the new laws could apply to them. Other couples contemplating divorce are also curious as to how the new changes could impact their divorce going forward. But, if you are paying alimony at this time, don’t jump the gun just yet. Those payors must wait until Mar. 1, 2013 before a modification can be filed with the court. Many others may have to wait as long as Sept. 1, 2015 before they can file a change in their current alimony. Regardless, many are wondering, what changed? Key requirements of the new law take into account the length of the marriage. Depending on how long the couple was married is directly related to the percentage of time alimony will be paid. For example, if a couple was married for a total of three years, alimony is limited to 50 percent of the number of months married. In this instance, the total alimony duration would be 18 months. Additional breakdown of durational limits are as follows: 10 years but more than 5 years = 60 percent of the number of months married 15 years but more than 10 years = 70 percent of the number of months married 20 years but more than 15 years = 80 percent of the number of months married It’s important to note however, that the

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