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Alimony Attorneys in Seekonk

Helping You Get a Fair Alimony Agreement

Alimony, also known as spousal support, is intended to help each spouse maintain the same lifestyle after divorce. The higher-earning spouse is often ordered to pay alimony to the lower-earning spouse. At The Ostendorf Law Group, P.C., our Seekonk alimony lawyers work to get fair alimony agreements for our clients.

If you have questions about alimony, contact our firm at (508) 434-4043 for a consultation.

Changes to the Law

Prior to the Alimony Reform Act, courts in Massachusetts calculated alimony using a formula. The formula included the age of the spouses, length of the marriage, employability, what each contributed to the marriage, future asset acquisition opportunities of each, and the financial conduct of each spouse during the marriage. The Alimony Reform Act introduced limits to the duration of alimony, based on the length of the marriage.

The 2012 change in the law resulted in durational limiting that includes:

  • Marriages lasting 5 years or less – Duration not to exceed 50% of the length of the marriage
  • Marriages lasting 10 years or less – Alimony may not exceed 60% of the length of the marriage
  • Marriages lasting 15 years or less – Up to 70% of the length of the marriage
  • Marriages lasting 20 years or more – Duration not to exceed 80% of the length of the marriage

There were other changes to the law. Now, alimony is terminated upon remarriage and reduced on cohabitation lasting three months or longer. In addition, the law allows for termination at retirement, when the spouse begins to receive Social Security benefits. Our alimony attorneys in Seekonk can explain the law, as it pertains to your situation.

Modifying Alimony Orders

When you request a modification of alimony, you will need to prove that a change in circumstances has altered the need or the ability of one spouse to pay. If you are requesting a reduction in alimony payments, you will need to demonstrate a significant change in circumstances. When a spouse requests an increase, the change must justify the increase. Alimony orders may be changed for cohabitation or remarriage by the spouse receiving alimony payments, for a change in salary or employment status, or relocation.

If you need help securing alimony or requesting a modification in Seekonk or elsewhere in Eastern Massachusetts, call (508) 434-4043 to get advice from experienced alimony attorneys.

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