Alimony (also called spousal support) is a payment from one spouse to another after divorce.  When alimony is awarded, a judge will order one spouse to pay to the other spouse a fixed sum of money (weekly or monthly) for his or her maintenance and support.  Alimony can be ordered to be paid while the couple is separated, while they are involved in a matrimonial lawsuit, and/or after the couple is divorced.  In Massachusetts, alimony can be ordered to be paid to either spouse, regardless of gender.

Recent changes to the Massachusetts alimony law make it relatively easy to calculate an award of alimony, with consideration of such factors as the length of the marriage, recipient need, and relative income of the parties. If your divorce case involves a determination of alimony or spousal support, our attorneys and staff will work with you to negotiate the best possible alimony arrangement, whether you are the payor or the payee.

In addition to traditional litigation, our licensed family law mediators can work with both parties to find an equitable and respectful resolution to their alimony dispute.


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