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Alimony is designed to help a lesser-earning spouse maintain a standard of living similar to the one they had before the divorce. The purpose of alimony is to make sure no one is punished for seeking a divorce, even if they don't earn enough to support themselves yet. If you are going through a divorce, you may be wondering how much you will receive or be required to pay in alimony. Since many different factors contribute to alimony plans, it is important to have an experienced attorney on your side who can represent your interests during negotiation or litigation. At Miller Law Group, P.C., our Burlington alimony attorneys are dedicated to helping clients achieve their desired results in all areas of family law. We have the skills and experience you need to guide you through the process from beginning to end.
Contact our Burlington alimony attorneys today for a free consultation at (508) 502-7002. We are ready to take your call 24/7!
How Does Alimony Work in Massachusetts?
Unlike other states, Massachusetts doesn’t have a set amount or percentage for alimony. Instead, courts determine alimony based on different factors. The court’s goal is to create an alimony plan that is fair and equitable to both parties, but they're only able to make decisions based on the evidence brought before them. If a person who needs alimony doesn’t have adequate legal representation, they may not receive the alimony they actually need. On the contrary, a person facing the possibility of making alimony payments may pay more than they need to without proper representation.
Massachusetts alimony is determined by various factors, including:
- Length of the marriage
- Earning capacity of both spouses
- Both spouse’s role during the marriage
- The needs of any children in the marriage
- How much each spouse contributed to the acquisition of property
- Age and health of both spouses
Alimony Modifications in Burlington
Life changes are inevitable. When either party, the alimony payee or payor, experiences a significant change in circumstances, the original alimony agreement can be modified, or even ended entirely. You can only request a modification every three years in Massachusetts, so make sure you're preparing accordingly. Don't waste your one chance by failing to prepare.
Alimony may end or be changed in circumstances including:
- The death of the payor
- The death of the payee
- Remarriage of the payee
- If the recipient moves in with a new partner
- Either party gets a new job or a raise
One of the important questions we ask our clients is whether fighting for an alimony modification makes sense financially. For instance, if you want to fight for a $100/month change for the next 10 years of payments, that's a $12,000 different in alimony—worth modifying. If you're hoping to modify a $50/month change for 2 years, it may not make financial sense to hire a lawyer to modify the agreement. By helping our clients approach each situation rationally, we make family law more cost-effective.
Call Our Burlington Alimony Attorneys Today at (508) 502-7002!
If you need legal assistance with alimony, the Burlington alimony lawyers at Miller Law Group, P.C. are ready to help. Our firm collaborates on every case, lending our collective insight and experience to each case strategy. We also utilize a team of forensic accountants and investigators to ensure all the financial details of your marriage are on the table. Our firm guides clients from beginning to end to ensure they understand the different options available for their case and how it may affect their future. We know that clear-minded counsel is needed in a setting that is usually highly emotional. Don’t hesitate to contact our firm today to get proactive and experienced legal representation.
Call our firm today for a free consultation at (508) 502-7002. We are ready to help you every step of the way!
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