FAQ’s Archives

Is it true that Massachusetts courts favor mothers in child custody decisions?

While it remains a common belief that courts favor, or are even biased for, mothers in custody disputes, this is not the case. The belief stems from past practices and trends in court.

When divorce became more common in the 1970s, society, including the judges within it, assumed a gendered … Read More »

Can the Court order alimony be paid even after the payor has reached retirement age?

Yes, the court does have the authority, in certain specific circumstances, to extend the length of the alimony beyond retirement age.

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 »

Do I really need a lawyer if I’m getting a divorce?

If you care deeply about the issues involved in your divorce, such as minor children and their custody and support, property division and alimony, then it is very important that you at least seek the counsel of a competent Salem divorce attorney as soon as possible. The better we know … Read More »

What is alimony?

Alimony is generally defined as continued financial support of one spouse by another after a marriage has ended. Every family is different and every person has different financial needs. There are many different things that alimony awards are based on in Massachusetts, and your attorney will help you examine the … Read More »

What should I do if I want a prenuptial agreement?

A prenuptial agreement can be a very wise choice when you and your future spouse know what you want out of the marriage and out of the divorce, should one occur. At Tangusso & Lambert, we have helped countless individuals create a prenuptial agreement that works for their individual circumstances. … Read More »

How much child support am I going to have to pay?

Every family situation is completely different, and it is impossible to give a standard answer to the question. Depending upon your income and that of your spouse, the amount of minor children you have and many other factors, your child support payment will be adjusted accordingly. If you have any … Read More »