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How Is Alimony Determined?

Does alimony still apply in today’s divorces? Very much so, although the issue of alimony is determined on a case-by-case basis.

If you have questions about alimony, and whether it will apply in your divorce, The Ostendorf Law Group, PLLC, can help.

Free consultation: Call 508-761-0931 to speak to one of our attorneys about protecting your financial rights in divorce.

Is Spousal Support A Reasonable Expectation In Your Divorce?

The question of spousal support in a divorce or legal separation may strike some people as old-fashioned. However, the inclusion of spousal support (also referred to as alimony or spousal maintenance) in a dissolution of marriage or a separation agreement takes into account many basic aspects of the way the two spouses shared their lives and resources.

  • A wife who supported her husband while he was in medical school or law school may believe that she should be entitled to a portion of the benefits of that higher education. (Genders may of course be reversed in this scenario.)
  • A husband who expected his wife to be a “homemaker” and “stay-at-home mother” may need to acknowledge that her earning capacity is low because she has not developed a career outside the home.
  • A spouse (husband or wife) who is disabled will most likely be unable to support himself or herself without help from the wage-earning spouse.
  • A long-term marriage where one spouse worked and the other stayed home is more likely to be one where spousal support is called for.

Spousal support is considered along with marital asset division. Sometimes spouses will reach an understanding that it makes more sense for one spouse to receive property (such as full ownership of the marital home) rather than spousal support — or vice versa, depending on circumstances. Our divorce attorneys often advise our clients to consult with a tax consultant when negotiating whether spousal support will be included in a divorce or separation agreement.

Massachusetts Spousal Support Representation For Wives Or Husbands

Whether you anticipate receiving spousal support or believe you will be obligated to pay some form of spousal support, at The Ostendorf Law Group, PLLC, our family law attorneys are here to protect your future. Contact us or call us today.