Secure Strong Legal Counsel Early in the Divorce Process
After a divorce, one party may be required to pay alimony on a temporary, interim, or indefinite basis based on the length of the marriage. Because the court has broad discretion regarding the payment of alimony, and because the alimony laws in Massachusetts have recently and drastically changed, one thing is certain: You need strong legal representation and counsel from the earliest stages of your case.
Additionally, at the outset of a divorce case, the judge may issue temporary orders, which could require the payment of alimony. These orders typically become the basis for long-term orders that are part of your final divorce decree and settlement. You should obtain representation by an experienced and aggressive attorney as soon as possible.
At the Salem law office of Koiles Pratt Family Law Group, we will immediately begin protecting your interests. We represent clients from the beginning of a divorce action until a final settlement or judgment is reached, as well as modifying an order post-divorce.
Alimony — One Option Among Several
You need to make important tax considerations when determining your best interests in an alimony case. For some, it may make more sense for both parties to agree to a property settlement in lieu of alimony payment. In other situations, the parties may agree to alimony for reasons of predictability and security.
At Koiles Pratt Family Law Group, our attorneys have extensive experience representing clients’ interests in alimony cases. Our attorneys understand the many tax, financial, and personal issues that alimony presents, and our firm will work diligently to guide you, discuss, and define the recommended legal strategy to obtain a favorable result for you.
We also advise clients about how to calculate alimony based on the law passed by the Massachusetts Legislature in 2011. We will make sure these calculations are done properly, and firmly negotiate an alimony agreement that both the parties and the court will approve. We can also help those who are seeking a modification to alimony payments that were established prior to the passage of the 2011 Alimony Reform Act.