Securing The Spousal Support You Need
Alimony also referred to as spousal support or spousal maintenance is designed to help a spouse who earned a lower income or has had no earnings during a marriage to maintain their quality of life. At the Law Offices of Meridith A. Gregory, LLC, we have assisted clients in Massachusetts and in New Hampshire to secure the appropriate alimony orders both during their divorce proceedings as well as post-divorce.
Massachusetts has undergone alimony reform that effectively limits on the amount and duration of payments that a recipient of alimony may receive, based upon the number of years of their marriage and the available income. A party seeking alimony, whether temporary or permanent, requires a skilled attorney who is knowledgeable of the Alimony Reform Act in order to obtain the best results.
How The Court Determines Alimony Terms
As with child support matters, the court considers a variety of factors when determining alimony payments. A family court judge will often take into account factors such as:
- How long the marriage lasted
- Each spouse’s income and earning potential
- Each spouse’s expenses and liabilities
- The age and health of each spouse
- The child custody and child support arrangements
- Property and asset allocation during the divorce
- Special circumstances such as domestic violence or alcohol abuse
And as is the case with child support, you will have more flexible options in determining alimony payments if you and your divorcing spouse seek a solution through mediation.
For temporary alimony, the court may take into consideration how much time the spouse needs in order to become financially independent. In rare circumstances, an experienced family law attorney can request permanent alimony, if the length of the marriage and the financial needs of the client warrant it.
We’ll Fight For The Alimony You Deserve
With locations in North Andover our firm dedicates equal time to helping clients in both Massachusetts and New Hampshire secure substantial alimony payments. We are familiar with the laws, judges and legal systems in both states, and we can offer unique insight on how your state’s alimony laws apply to you.