May 2018 Archives

If I am in a long-term cohabitating relationship that began prior to the passage of the Massachusetts Alimony Reform Act can my alimony award be modified?

Under the Massachusetts Alimony Reform Act alimony can be suspended, reduced or terminated upon the cohabitation of the recipient spouse with another person for a continuous period of at least three months. However, it is only a basis for modification in divorces occurring after the effective date of the Alimony … Read More »



What is considered full retirement age when determining alimony in Massachusetts?

Full retirement age is defined as the payor’s usual or ordinary retirement age for United States old-age social security benefits. It shall not mean “early retirement age” if early retirement is available or “maximum benefit retirement age” if additional benefits are available as a result of delayed retirement.



What is lost economic opportunity when it comes to determining alimony?

Lost economic opportunity is a mandatory factor to be considered when deciding the amount of alimony that should be awarded. This applies to situations where a spouse has foregone career opportunities during the marriage. If it can be shown that he or she has suffered financially as a result of … Read More »



What defines an economic marital partnership before marriage?

The Act does not define economic partnership; however, it may be shown to have existed when the parties have lived together, shared rent and household expenses, owned property together, or were otherwise financially interdependent in some way. The spouse will have the burden of proof when seeking to extend the … Read More »



How Are Child Custody and Visitation Established?

If you are going through a divorce and have children, child custody is arguably the most important matter you will have to deal with during the divorce proceedings. Although custody arrangements can be reviewed and modified until the child turns 18, it is very rare for custody to be changed … Read More »