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What Massachusetts considers when determining alimony

If your Massachusetts marriage has come to an end, you may be making efforts to prepare for life on your own. In addition to potentially having to move and create new custody arrangements for your children, you may have concerns about whether you will be able to support yourself, financially, after divorce, or conversely, whether you will have to pay alimony to your former spouse.

The state of Massachusetts considers numerous areas when determining whether to award spousal support to one party in a marriage, and if so, how much to award, and for how long.

Alimony considerations

If you or your former spouse is requesting alimony in your divorce, you can expect that the court will consider the length of your marriage and your age, among other factors. If your marriage lasted a long time and you are older, meaning it may prove difficult for you or your former spouse to re-enter the workforce, the court may be more likely to award alimony.

Your health, and the health of your ex, will also likely factor in when making alimony determinations, as will the income, employment status and employability of both parties in the marriage. For example, if one party in the marriage sacrificed his or her own education or career for the sake of the other, that party may be able to secure alimony from the other for a given period. You can also anticipate that the courts will consider you and your former partner’s general lifestyle when making alimony determinations, and whether each of you will be able to maintain a similar quality of life following your split.

Every situation is different

Every divorce is different, so while this information gives you a general idea of what Massachusetts courts will likely consider when deciding whether to award alimony, this is not an exhaustive list of all considerations. Anything the court deems relevant may ultimately come into play when making alimony decisions.

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