Spousal support is one of the issues that can be contentious in a divorce in Massachusetts. This can be especially true in cases of divorce after a long marriage, when the amount paid to a former spouse can be the cause of long negotiations that sometimes end with a court being asked to decide the amount and duration of spousal support. In addition to monthly payments that are common in such situations, in some cases a lump sum amount can be paid in the form of spousal support.
Though the orders issued as a result of a divorce (such as child support and spousal support) are mandatory orders, there are situations in which a person in Massachusetts can seek modifications. It can be difficult in some cases to successfully modify orders like spousal support, though some give it their time and effort, hoping for the best outcome. One example can be found in the ex-wife of a County Supervisor in another state. For this woman, the request for a modification in spousal support arrangements came years after the divorce was final.