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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