Experienced Alimony Attorney

At the Law Office of Kim-Marie Phelan, LLC, in Revere, we zealously pursue divorce strategies that protect the interests of our clients. Your financial stability after a divorce is a very important factor in our representation.

Our lawyer has more than 25 years of legal experience focused almost entirely on family law. Whether you live in Essex County, Middlesex County or anywhere across northeastern Massachusetts, we can help protect your future.

Alimony, now often referred to as spousal support or spousal maintenance, was designed to allow individuals to divorce without incurring unfair economic consequences as a result. Of course, the intent of the law does not guarantee a fair and equitable result in every case, which is why you must have an experienced and tenacious attorney protecting you.

How Are Alimony Determinations Made?

Alimony can be ordered as temporary, permanent or lump sum, and it is not awarded in every divorce. Under Massachusetts law, a judge will consider several factors in determining the amount and duration of an order. These include:

  • The length of the marriage
  • Age and health of each spouse
  • Income of each spouse
  • Earning potential, vocational training and forgone employment opportunities
  • The economic and domestic contributions each spouse made to the marriage
  • Any other factor that the judge deems relevant

Is Alimony The Best Option For Me?

The Alimony Reform Act of 2011 changed the landscape of support. Now, more than ever, it is vital that you have an experienced attorney to guide you through the process. Ongoing versus lump-sum alimony is not the only consideration that you should make.

In determining whether alimony is right in your situation, you may have to ask questions such as:

  • Do I want to continue a relationship with my former spouse, even if it is only through alimony payments?
  • Do I want to get remarried? Alimony ends upon the death of the payer or the remarriage of the recipient.
  • Will I reside with a future partner even if I don't want to get remarried? Proof of cohabitation lasting three months or greater can result in the termination of alimony paid to the recipient.

Make A Confident Decision Based On Experienced Advice

At our law office, we consider every detail to help you determine whether alimony is right in your situation. Call us at 781-629-9341 or send us your information online to schedule a free consultation.