If you are going through a divorce, you may have countless questions regarding alimony or spousal support. Alimony is the money one spouse pays to another either during a divorce or after a divorce has been finalized. The purpose of alimony is to help a spouse maintain a similar lifestyle as they had before the divorce. Alimony prevents either spouse from becoming disproportionately responsible for the other after the divorce or from suffering financial hardship after a divorce.
Alimony isn't simply splitting a paycheck in half—alimony takes into account each spouse's contribution to the marriage, the educational and professional opportunities each spouse has been afforded or gave up for the marriage, and the various incomes both spouses have access to. Investigating and documenting each of these things is why having a Woburn spousal support attorney is so vital; without thorough investigation, your alimony agreement may end up unfair or inaccurate.
If you need legal counsel to help draft your spousal support agreement, contact the Woburn alimony attorneys today for a free case review at (508) 502-7002.
What Are the Different Types of Alimony in Massachusetts?
There are a number of different types of alimony in Massachusetts, including rehabilitative, reimbursement, transitional, and general alimony. Rehabilitative alimony helps a spouse become financially independent within a certain time period, but no longer than five years. Reimbursement alimony is when a spouse compensates the other for financially supporting them while completing their education or receiving job training during the marriage. The court might award transitional alimony if your marriage lasted less than five years. This type of alimony is meant to help the recipient spouse adjust to a new lifestyle or location.General alimony may be ordered depending on the length of your marriage.
How Long Will I Be Receiving/Paying Alimony?
The duration of alimony will depend on the years of marriage. For example, if you were married for more than 20 years, the court may award indefinite alimony. However, most alimony orders will end when the paying spouses reach retirement age, which is 65 in Massachusetts. If you were married for less than 20 years, you might be ordered to pay or receive alimony for half of the number of the years married. For example, if you were married for five years, you may be required to pay/receive alimony for 2.5 years.
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If you need legal assistance with your alimony case, the Woburn alimony lawyers are ready to help you. With hundreds of family law cases under our belts, there is little we have handled. We know that every divorce and alimony case is unique; that is why we create a case strategy tailored to your desired outcome. Our firm meets a few times a week to brainstorm ways to help you obtain the best possible results for your case. At Miller Law Group, P.C., you don’t only get the guidance of a single attorney, but you get strategic insight from our whole firm.
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