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A look at spousal support

When Massachusetts residents choose to divorce, many questions may arise. After all, there are many components that make up a divorce, and not all of them are always easily understood. Many of these components, too, involve minutia that can prove to be confusing. However, it can often help to have a general idea of how each of the components of divorce work before consulting with an attorney and devising a legal strategy.

Spousal support, also known as alimony, can play an important part in many divorce cases. The purpose of spousal support is to ensure that a spouse does not have to suffer an unfair economic effect as a result of the divorce. It is not uncommon for one of the spouses in a marriage to abandon a career in order to focus on raising the family, a decision that is often agreed upon by both parties. When this happens, that spouse may find it difficult to reenter the workforce, putting him or her at significant economic disadvantage. Thankfully, alimony allows such a spouse to receive monthly payments.

The court will consider a number of factors when determining the amount that should be owed in alimony. This includes the length of time in which the recipient would need to acquire adequate education and training in order to reenter the workforce. The physical condition, age, and financial condition of the spouse may all also be considered in the court's determination. There are other considerations, such as the couple's standard of living, that may also play a part.

Both the recipient and the payer of alimony often have wishes when it comes to how they want alimony to be arranged. An attorney may be able to help either spouse fight for his or her best interests.

Source: FindLaw, "Spousal Support (Alimony) Basics," accessed on February 23, 2016

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