If you are considering filing for divorce and are economically dependent on your spouse, you may be wondering how you will afford living expenses after the divorce is finalized. Alternatively, you may be concerned about how you will pay both your expenses and spousal support to a former spouse. We have extensive experience in all matters relating to alimony and spousal support and will be glad to speak with you about your individual needs and circumstances.
In Massachusetts, alimony (also known as spousal support) can be awarded to a financially dependent spouse if he/she does not have the means to support himself/herself. Alimony is based on one party’s “need” for support and the other party’s “ability to pay” support. The duration of support to be paid from one spouse to the other is based on the number of months of the marriage. Time starts as of the date of the parties’ marriage and is “tolled” upon one party’s filing of a Complaint for Divorce with the Court. Support amounts can vary greatly.