Alimony in Massachusetts
Massachusetts enacted a statute that outlines how much alimony, also known as spousal support or spousal maintenance, can be ordered and for how long. Still, the court has discretion and decisions are often complicated. With alimony, agreements can also be reached outside of court to address alimony payments when warranted.
At Walters Law Offices, PC, based in Natick and Stoughton, Attorney Kevin Walters provides pragmatic legal counsel in all areas of divorce law, including alimony. Whether your objective is to obtain the maximum alimony order, or if your objective is to avoid or reduce alimony exposure, we will address all options with you and work tenaciously to achieve your goals.
How is Alimony Calculated?
Alimony is often a major point of disagreement in a divorce. The key factors taken into consideration when assessing alimony are duration of the marriage and the respective incomes of each spouse.
It is important to recognize that alimony will not be a factor in every divorce. It is used primarily to address a financial imbalance so that both parties are able to start their new lives while maintaining a style of living as close as possible to that which they enjoyed during their marriage. If both spouses earn similar incomes, or if the marriage was very short, it is likely that there will be no need for paying alimony.
Attorney Walters will evaluate the unique circumstances of your financial situation and work with you toward achieving your objective. If a dispute arises over alimony, he will work with you to determine the most appropriate means of resolving it.
To talk to a lawyer about the role alimony may play in your divorce case, contact us online or by phone at 781-436-5288.