Traditionally, when society speaks about or thinks of alimony, it has been given by Massachusetts men to their ex-wives. However, in the last few years, there has been an increase in the number of men requesting and receiving alimony. As the number of women climbing the career ladder rises, so does the number of stay-at-home fathers, as well as the number of men seeking alimony. Women are now actually the top earners in one-third of all marriages, and as women continue to narrow the income gap, it has resulted in some unforeseen consequences, especially when it comes to divorce.
The amount of income of your Massachusetts spouse or co-parent has wide ranging significance in your divorce or child support dispute. The amount of both your and your spouse's income will affect whether you're entitled to spousal support and in what amount, how your and your spouse's assets will be divided, and the amount of child support. If you or your spouse does not work a traditional salaried job, showing how much income is available after business expenses are paid can be difficult, and could even provide an opportunity for your spouse to conceal income.
When you go through a Massachusetts divorce, it can be both financially as well as emotionally painful. Moreover, if your former spouse suddenly files for bankruptcy, things can be even more stressful for you as there is a possibility that your financial stability can get greatly affected. Divorce, as well as bankruptcy, may have a great impact on your financial position in various ways based on the new circumstances of your ex-spouse.
How would you describe your Massachusetts marriage? If you are currently considering a Massachusetts military divorce, you might say "it's complicated." When one spouse is receiving military disability pay, you might think this makes the divorce process complicated as well. It can be difficult to understand how military disability pay factors into your divorce. However, by obtaining basic information about the division of disability pay, you may be able to eliminate the phrase "it's complicated" from your divorce vocabulary.
The Massachusetts alimony reform statute states that "alimony awards which 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."