Protecting Your Financial Interests After the Divorce
Understanding How Alimony Is Determined
Alimony comes in a variety of ways, including temporary payments, permanent support, and lump sums, and not every divorce includes alimony.
In Massachusetts, the judge will look at a range of factors when it comes to determining the amount and duration of an alimony order.
- Health and age of each spouse
- Length of the marriage
- Vocational training, earning potential, and forgone employment opportunities
- Income of a spouse
- Economic and domestic contributions made by each spouse to the marriage
- Any other factors that the judge deems relevant
Deciding Whether Alimony Is Your Best Option
- 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