Boston Alimony Lawyer

In March 2012, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts undertook a complete reworking of the alimony statutes. Prior to March 2012, there were no guidelines for alimony awards. The amounts awarded were generally agreed upon by the spouses, or determined by a court when the couple could not agree.

There were no provisions for the length of marriage or the amount of the award.

The old laws were predicated on a more traditional model of marriage — one where a spouse, usually the mother, stayed home and raised children, while the other spouse worked outside the home and was the family's sole financial support.

In today's constantly changing world, the legislature believed some changes to the alimony laws were needed.

At Richard C. Bardi & Associates LLC, located in Boston, Massachusetts, our lawyers understand all applications of the new alimony laws. We can help you understand the guidelines and how they impact you and your family.

Let a Boston alimony attorney at our firm help you. Contact us today and schedule a consultation.

Beacon Hill, MA, Spousal Support Attorney

Many of the new laws include limits on how much and how long a person can receive alimony such as:

  • If you have been married five years or less, alimony may not be awarded for more than 50 percent of the time married.
  • If you have been married more than five years but less than 10, alimony may not be awarded for more than 60 percent of the time married.
  • If you have been married more than 10 years but less than 15, alimony may not be awarded for more than 70 percent of the time married.
  • If you have been married more than 15 years but less than 20, alimony may not be awarded for more than 80 percent of the time married.
  • If you have been married more than 20 years, the court will use its discretion to make an alimony award.

In addition, the court can take into consideration co-habitation before the marriage and separation during the marriage to determine the length of marriage.

These legal paradigms, along with their relative newness, require an experienced, skilled attorney in order to maximize your financial gains and stabilize your financial future.

Contact an Experienced Lawyer to Discuss Alimony and Spousal Support

In moving ahead, we at Richard C. Bardi & Associates LLC want to ensure you have all the necessary information in an elucidated format so that you can easily anticipate and plan for your new future. Please contact us by calling 617-227-4040.