Massachusetts Alimony Laws and Spousal Support

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Massachusetts Alimony

Massachusetts Court may award alimony or spousal support to either party based upon a consideration of the following factors: 
  • the contribution of each spouse to the acquisition, preservation, or appreciation in value of any property, including the contribution of each spouse as homemaker;

  • the length of the marriage;

  • the age and health of the spouses;

  • the occupation of the spouses;

  • the amount and sources of income of the spouses;

  • the vocational skills of the spouses; 

  • the employability of the spouses; 

  • the liabilities and needs of each spouse and the opportunity of each for further acquisition of capital assets and income;  

  • the conduct of the parties during the marriage (if the grounds for divorce are fault-based); 

  • any health insurance coverage; and 

  • the present and future needs of any children of the marriage.

Marital fault will not be considered by a Massachusetts court in awarding alimony or spousal support if the grounds for the divorce are irretrievable breakdown of the marriage filed in conjunction with a separation/settlement agreement.

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