Attorney Steven D. Miller
Mass Alimony Lawyer
Mass Alimony is based on the concepts of need and ability to pay. Most cases (not all) will not warrant an award of alimony.
In determining the amount of Mass alimony, if any, to be paid, or in fixing the nature and value of the property, if any, to be so assigned, the court shall consider:
- the length of the marriage;
- the conduct of the parties during the marriage;
- the age, health, station, occupation, amount and sources of income, vocational skills, employability, estate, liabilities and needs of each of the parties; and
- the opportunity of each for future acquisition of capital assets and income.
In fixing the nature and value of the property to be so assigned, the court shall also consider the present and future needs of the dependent children of the marriage.
The court may also consider the contribution of each of the parties in the acquisition, preservation or appreciation in value of their respective estates and the contribution of each of the parties as a homemaker to the family unit. When the court makes an order for alimony on behalf of a spouse, said court shall determine whether the payor has health insurance or other health coverage available to him through an employer or organization or has health insurance or other health coverage available to him at reasonable cost that may be extended to cover the spouse for whom support is ordered. If so, the court shall include in the support order a requirement that the payor do one of the following:
- exercise the option of additional coverage in favor of the spouse;
- obtain coverage for the spouse; or
- reimburse the spouse for the cost of health insurance. In no event shall the order for alimony be reduced as a result of the obligor’s cost for health insurance coverage for the spouse.
Family lawyers in Springfield, MA, Worcester, MA and all other Massachusetts cities must discuss the Mass alimony laws with you as it is a part of the divorce process in all cases. DivorceDeli, the online divorce Law Firm will advise you about all spousal support issues so you can still get an affordable divorce (i.e., a cheap divorce) and still get an award of spousal support, if warranted.