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Whether the issue is divorce, modification of a prior divorce, custody, alimony, child support, or grand-parent's rights, every case and every client is different.  For that reason, I offer a variety of options to address each client's specific family law needs.

In general terms, there are three alternatives when it comes to dealing with family law disputes:

Litigation
Mediation and Other "Neutral" Options
Collaborative Divorce

Each of these options may aid in the resolution of your family law issues.  However, each does so in different ways.


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Thank you to everyone who attended the workshop, “Divorce Matters for You” – What You Need to know about Divorce in Massachusetts on March 14, 2015, at The Barn, 10 Liberty Street, Danvers, MA.  We will be doing another in May.  For more info and to register, please visit:  thedivorcecenter.org

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                                             THE ALIMONY REFORM ACT


               The Alimony Reform Act was designed to limit the duration of alimony and create predictability. In some cases, it may offer relief to a paying spouse or restrict the duration of alimony received by a recipient spouse.  Below, are some of the highlights of the new alimony statute:               

                Perhaps the most important aspect of the Alimony Reform Act of 2011 is the time limits it imposes on alimony.  In most cases, a paying spouse may be obligated to pay alimony for a maximum period that is equal to a percentage of the number of months of the marriage:

Years of marriage:        Maximum Duration                   Date on which Modification                     
                                    
(% of months of marriage):        Action may be Brought:      

0-5    years                  50%                                               March 1, 2013
 
5-10  years                  60%                                               March 1, 2014

10-15 years                  70%                                              March 1, 2015

15-20 years                  80%                                              September 1, 2015

Over 20 years              Indefinite – based on
                                      Judge’s discretion.                   

                  For divorces that entered after March 1, 2012, alimony will end when the paying spouse reaches “full retirement age”                  

                  While alimony is based on need and ability to pay, in most cases, the amount of alimony will be 30-35% of the difference between the parties’ gross incomes.

                  As to people whose divorce entered after March 1, 2012, the co-habitation of the recipient spouse may result in the suspension, termination or modification of alimony.                

                   Although the new law went into effect on March 1, 2012, a person currently paying alimony may not seek modification of an existing order until the dates in the right-hand column of the table, above.  It should be noted that if the parties’ Separation Agreement prohibits modification, the new law will not give them the right to modify or terminate alimony.

                  These are only some of the highlights, expressed in general terms.  I would be happy to meet with you to discusshow the Alimony Reform Act of 2011 may apply to your individual situation.


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