How Long Can I Receive Alimony In A Massachusetts Divorce

| May 26, 2017 | Alimony |

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Under the Massachusetts Alimony Reform Act of 2011, general term alimony will now have a time limit, determined by the length of the marriage.

General term alimony is an order of a periodic payment to a recipient spouse or ex-spouse. The length of time during which general term alimony is to paid is limited by the length of the marriage:

  • Where marriage is 5 years or less, alimony duration should be no more than half of the length of the marriage
  • Where the marriage is 10 years or less, alimony duration should be no more than 60% of the length of the marriage
  • Where the marriage is 15 years or less, alimony duration should be no more than 70% of the length of the marriage
  • Where the marriage is 20 years or less, alimony duration should be no more than 80% of the length of the marriage
  • Where the marriage is more than 20 years, the court may order alimony to be paid for an indefinite term

The length of marriage is defined as the period of time between the date of the marriage and service of the divorce papers.

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