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Massachusetts couple faces alimony disputes

It is typically the norm for individuals to become used to the lifestyles they lead as a married couple. As a result, if the couple decides to get divorced, they may expect to carry on living a similar sort of lifestyle. Because keeping up with expenses can be more difficult on a single income, some parties may seek alimony from their former spouse in order to take care of those expenses as a single person.

A couple in Massachusetts recently had a hearing regarding their alimony situation. The woman in the case was awarded “rehabilitative” alimony from her ex-husband that would span over five years. She had apparently been seeking long-term alimony in the case, but this five-year alimony was what was decided upon by the court. During this period, it is presumably expected that the woman will be able to find a job to help sustain her lifestyle and no longer rely on alimony.

Because of the lifestyle that the couple upheld, the woman was awarded 35 percent of her ex-husband’s salary during the alimony period. However, that decision was being looked into again, as some of the husband’s income was not factored into the decision. It was also noted that child support was not ordered in the case, though the couple apparently did have children.

Because new Massachusetts alimony laws went into effect two years ago, this situation may differ from cases in the past. Therefore, the parties involved may wish to ensure that their case is being fairly examined, and that the correct amount of alimony is being awarded. By learning more about their circumstances and the types of alimony available, individuals in such a situation may be better able to understand their cases.

Source:, "North Shore couple's divorce tests state's new alimony law", Julie Manganis, Aug. 2, 2014

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