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Understanding alimony is important for divorcing couples

There are many important considerations during divorce and many changes that come with it. One change is that one household typically becomes two households. Families have to adjust to new living circumstances following divorce and also adjust to financially maintaining two households instead of one. One method of accounting for the financial changes couples may go through, and the division of one household into two, is through alimony which is also referred to as spousal support. Spousal support is a payment made by one former spouse to the other.

In Massachusetts there are no definite rules for how spousal support may be determined, however, the court will consider the income of both parties and a few additional factors if spousal support is awarded in a divorce. Factors that may be evaluated when considering spousal support, in addition to the income of both parties, can include the length of the marriage; the needs of the potential recipient spouse; the ability of the potential paying spouse to pay; child support, child care costs and additional child-related expenses; and healthcare and insurance costs.

Important concerns related to spousal support can include the amount, if it is awarded at all, and its duration. It is important for divorcing spouses to be aware of how to protect their rights but also to be familiar with the divorce process so they can be better prepared for what to expect, including in response to requests for alimony. Knowing what to expect, and the ways that the family law process is designed to help divorcing couples resolve a host of important issues, including spousal support, child support, child custody and property division, can help make the divorce process smoother.

Family law provides legal options to help families in a variety of situations and circumstances throughout the divorce process. It provides families with important resources to help them focus on their financial future and a positive future following divorce.

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