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Alimony Tax Reform Will Dramatically Change Massachusetts Divorce

The new tax reform law would eliminate the tax deduction for alimony and makeAlimony 17.jpg alimony income tax-free to the recipient for divorce decrees executed after December 31, 2018 and it wouldn't affect existing divorces. 

Alimony: Exceptions to Durational Limits in Massachusetts

The Massachusetts alimony reform statute states that "alimony awards whichMoney Fight 1.jpg exceed the durational limits established shall be modified upon a complaint for modification without additional material change of circumstance, unless the court finds that deviation from the durational limits is warranted." The court must then look to whether deviation is "required in the interests of justice."

Temporary Alimony is Separate and Distinct from General Term Alimony

While the durational limits set forth under the Alimony Reform Act of 2011 are clear, judges, attorneys and litigants alike struggled over the issue of whether alimony payments made to a spouse under a temporary support order during the pendency of the divorce proceedings must be included in calculating the maximum presumptive duration of general term alimony.

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