Massachusetts enacted sweeping changes to its alimony laws in March of 2012. Unlike the previous alimony law, the Courts now have the ability to make orders for alimony that are of limited duration or terminate at the full social security retirement age of the payor.
In certain circumstances, the cohabitation of an alimony recipient will reduce, suspend or terminate alimony. This legislation made clear that the income and assets of a second spouse of an individual paying alimony will not be considered in an alimony analysis.
Alimony on a case-by-case basis
Alimony has been expanded and now includes several forms – general term, rehabilitative, reimbursement, and transitional alimony. The new alimony laws are complex and alimony orders will be determined on a case by case basis.
You should consult with an attorney to determine your rights and obligations with respect to the effect of this alimony reform on new or existing alimony orders.