Prior to The Massachusetts Alimony Reform Act of 2011, a durational limit was not placed on alimony. This means that there could be a lifetime alimony obligation even if the parties were only married for 3 years. Not only does the new act limit the duration alimony is paid, but it includes a provision that allows prior judgments to be modified according to the new amount and durational limits. If the marriage was less than 5 years, then as of March 1, 2013 the payor was allowed to file for modification of his/her alimony obligation.
In order to qualify to modify alimony as of March 1, 2013 the following conditions must apply:
1) The parties must have been married less than five years;
2) The durational limit is greater than that allowed under the new law; and
3) If there was an agreement, the alimony must have merged and not survived;
Additionally, if the payor is of retirement age or will reach retirement age on or before March 1, 2015, then the payor may file a modification after March 1, 2013. Further, the modification may also include other grounds such as cohabitation of the recipient spouse.
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