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Alimony / Spousal Support

Massachusetts spouses are entitled to spousal support. Spousal support or alimony is when one spouse provides the other spouse with money to meet their needs. Needs are determined by the court based on the lifestyle of the parties during the marriage.

As of March 2012 Massachusetts passed a new alimony law. The law provides durational limits to support orders as well maximum amounts.

FAQ regarding Massachusetts Alimony

  • How do I know how much spousal support I am entitled to?
    • Alimony is based on need of the recipient and the ability of the payor to pay. The recipient will generally receive 30% to 35% of the difference in income.
  • How do I prove need?
    • Need is proven based on the lifestyles of the parties during the marriage. It will be necessary for the recipient to show the court how much support is needed to maintain the lifestyle accustomed to during the marriage.

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