Determining Spousal Support in Massachusetts


When a Marriage Ends, Will Alimony be Awarded?

Alimony is a financial payment from one spouse to another, intended to help support a spouse during the divorce, and for a period of time after a divorce.

Alimony awards — also called spousal support — are less common in contemporary divorce proceedings than they have been in the past. Nonetheless, the question of whether spousal support should be paid in a specific divorce case is an important one.

Whether you are the spouse who would pay spousal support or the spouse who would receive support, knowing whether or not spousal support will be part of your divorce agreement has a big impact on your financial planning.

If you are worried about whether you are entitled to alimony or whether spousal support will be part of your divorce agreement, get early legal advice from the experienced family law attorneys at Harsip & Stuart, P.C.


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In addition to representing clients through divorce proceedings and other family law matters, attorney Barry Harsip regularly offers seminars about divorce through local adult education programs.

 

Basic Information About Spousal Support in Massachusetts

Like all other terms of a divorce agreement, a spousal support award can be negotiated between spouses. If the parties cannot agree on a spousal support award, then the divorce must be finalized by a judge — who will determine whether or not spousal support should be awarded, and if support is awarded, the amount.

Unlike awards of child support, spousal support awards are based on several subjective factors. The mere fact of a large difference between the incomes of each spouse is rarely enough to justify an award of spousal support.

Some of the factors to be considered include, but are not limited to:

  • The length of the marriage
  • The amount and sources of income
  • The work skills and employability of each spouse
  • Assets held exclusively by either spouse
  • The age, health and station of the parties
  • The needs of each of the parties
  • The opportunity of each party for future acquisition of capital assets and income

Schedule a Free Initial Consultation with Harsip & Stuart

If you are considering divorce and have questions about alimony obligations, early legal advice can help ease your worries and give you realistic expectations.

Harsip & Stuart offers a free 20-minute consultation to all new family law clients. To make an appointment, call 978-264-0250 or use our online contact form.

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