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Divorce and alimony: are you eligible?

Divorce comes with numerous financial concerns and misunderstandings regarding property division and financial support. Alimony is one of the most important issues that must be addressed upon filing for divorce in Massachusetts, but there is much misinformation and confusion regarding eligibility and potential payment amounts. The courts have the authority to grant alimony based on the judge's discretion and the details of the individual case.

Alimony, also known as spousal support, may be granted to a lesser earning spouse upon a divorce. This allows that individual to have time to regain his or her financial standing, seek vocational training, establish a new home and perhaps find employment. This financial support could be granted on either a temporary or permanent basis, depending on the length of the marriage, earning potential of both spouses and other special considerations.

Alimony is taxable income, and the long-term financial consequences of any agreement or settlement should be carefully considered. An experienced lawyer can help individuals calculate their potential alimony amounts, protect their rights and thoughtfully develop a strategy to protect their long-term, post-divorce financial interests. Due to the complex laws regarding alimony in Massachusetts, it is best to secure help as soon as possible in the divorce process.

If you are going through a divorce or wish to move forward with this process, we know what you are facing. We understand your financial concerns, and we are dedicated to helping you effectively navigate the important issue of alimony. After a careful evaluation of your case, we can identify your options and help you pursue a positive outcome to this complex legal process.

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