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Massachusetts Alimony

In divorce, the Massachusetts divorce court can order either party to pay alimony. Alimony, also referred to as maintenance or spousal support, is determined by the divorce court considering the following factors:

  • Length of marriage
  • Conduct during the marriage
  • Age
  • Health
  • Station
  • Occupation
  • Income
  • Vocation skills
  • Employability
  • Estate
  • Liabilities and needs
  • Opportunity of future acquisition of assets and income

The Massachusetts divorce court may assign alimony in addition to or in lieu of parts of a spouse's estate to the other spouse. It's possible for the divorce court to order to extend health coverage of one spouse to cover the other.

When the Massachusetts divorce court is determining the nature and value of the property that will be assigned, the court will consider:

  • Present and future needs of the child
  • Contribution in the acquisition, preservation
  • Any contribution as a homemaker

Alimony awards can be modified or reversed by the Massachusetts divorce court. Speak with a local Massachusetts divorce lawyer about how the circumstances of your divorce may affect what you can expect to pay or receive in alimony. Get in touch with a Massachusetts divorce attorney near you by calling 877-349-1310 or filling out a Massachusetts divorce case review form. Start working on protecting your financial future today.

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The above synopsis of Massachusetts divorce laws is by no means all-inclusive and has been adapted from applicable state laws. These laws may have changed since our last update and there may be additional laws that apply in your situation. For the latest information on these divorce laws, please contact a local Massachusetts divorce lawyer in your area.

Massachusetts divorce laws were last updated May 2009.

Note: Keep in mind that all divorce laws are complex. If you need legal divorce advice or want to fully understand how these laws affect you, please speak with a local divorce attorney.