Sometimes, alimony or child support payments come with a contingency, and Massachusetts families may be interested in a recent alimony case that had a contingency related to homeschooling. The father had agreed to pay the mother additional alimony if she homeschooled the children following their divorce. The rationale was that the mother could not earn an income outside the home if she homeschooled full-time.
A person's life and career could cause their relationship to become public interest. This is very true for public figures in Massachusetts or celebrities across the nation who are dating, married or going through relationship problems. When a wealthy or celebrity couple seeks to dissolve their marriage, many wonder if alimony will be a part of the divorce settlement. The divorce process and disputes about alimony can create a complicated situation.
Parents in Massachusetts often strive to maintain a good income. Caring for a child is often expensive and parents have to make difficult decisions surrounding their child's needs. For some, one parent will quit their job or work part-time in order to save costs associated with childcare. In addition, some families strive for a parent to be fully involved in the upbringing of their children. Although it is common, being a stay at home parent could lead to numerous challenges if the couple were to divorce.
When discussing the issue of alimony in Massachusetts, there are several considerations which typically arise. Common factors such as the income and living expenses of the divorcing parties are often the basis of many alimony determinations. However, one recent alimony case is bringing up a rather unusual issue: fertility.
Considering how serious a decision it is to get divorced, it's understandable that many people will hesitate before making their decision. Oftentimes, there are conflicting emotions, uncertainly or a desire to try to fix marital problems. In other situations, the hesitation is more about practical considerations such as how the divorce will change the person life, whether they will receive adequate alimony or how it will affect their children.
When the Massachusetts Alimony Reform Act of 2011 was signed into law, it brought with it several changes to the way alimony could be paid out. Perhaps most notably, it put an end to the notion of permanent alimony, instead instituting a new system to determine how much a spouse could be entitled to and for how long payments needed to be made. These determinations are now made based on factors such as how long the marriage lasted, as well as the income levels of the payer. One of the less talked about changes involves cohabitation, and some individuals are now using cell phone data to try and end their alimony payments.
As new alimony reform laws are settling into place in Massachusetts, alimony reform laws are being considered in other states throughout the nation as well. Most notably, the Florida state legislature recently passed an alimony reform bill, but the bill was vetoed by their governor. However, while the issue has been settled in Massachusetts, at least for the time being, the debate over whether alimony reform is beneficial still continues.