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If you are going through a divorce, you may be experiencing concerns about your financial future. Depending on the circumstances of your marriage and divorce, you may be asked to pay alimony (also known as spousal support). Whether you depended on your spouse to support you or if you had supported your spouse for the duration of your marriage, we can help. At Kellem✶Mahoney Family Law & Mediation Group, P.C., our South Shore spousal support lawyers are committed to helping you get through the complex divorce process.

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Understanding the Types of Alimony Payments

All alimony is not made equal, which is why it is important to consult with a Hingham spousal support attorney. Whether you go through mediation to reach a decision or decide to litigate your divorce, it is worthwhile to learn about alimony so you understand what to expect.

The types of alimony include:

  • Periodic alimony
  • Lump sum alimony
  • Rehabilitative alimony
  • Reimbursement alimony

How is alimony calculated in Massachusetts?

MGL c.208 § 53(b) provides a general guideline as to how alimony is calculated in the state of Massachusetts. In short, alimony will not be more than the receiving spouse needs. Additionally, it shouldn’t exceed 30 - 35% of the difference between each spouse’s income. In this situation, “income” refers to the gross income of the spouses at the time the alimony order is issued.

How long does general term alimony last?

In Massachusetts, the length of support for general term alimony depends on the length of the marriage. According to MGL c.208, § 49(b), marriages lasting more than 20 years may be subject to indefinite alimony. Otherwise, the following guidelines apply:

  • 15 - 20 years married = Alimony up to 80% of the months married
  • 10 - 15 years married = Alimony up to 70% of the months married
  • 5 - 10 years married = Alimony up to 60% of the months married
  • Less than years married = Alimony up to 50% of the months married

What happens to alimony if one spouse remarries?

Like many states, Massachusetts sometimes allows couples to adjust alimony if the material circumstances of one or both spouses change. According to MGL c.208 § 54(a), remarriage can influence your alimony agreement – but typically only if the receiving spouse remarries. If the payor remarries, his or her spouse’s income will not influence the modification request.

Seek Insight from a Skilled Spousal Support Lawyer

When left to family court, it is up to the judge to make a decision about alimony based on the information presented to them. We work hard to ensure they have all of the necessary information to make a fair decision. Alimony is not required in every divorce case but is decided on a case by case situation. Spousal support is often given in cases where one spouse is perceived to have significantly more income or assets.

A few factors which may be considered in a spousal support case include:

  • The length the marriage lasted
  • The standard of living achieved
  • The age and health of each spouse
  • The separate and marital property
  • The earning capacity and education level of each spouse

If you are facing a divorce or need to handle a related family law matter, you should not have to go through the alimony proceedings alone. Contact our firm now to speak with a compassionate Hingham alimony lawyer.

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