If a judge agrees to reduce a party’s existing alimony obligation, does that reduction automatically go into effect once the judgment issues? Or, can the judge delay the reduction’s effective date? A recent Massachusetts Appeals Court case, Dolan v. Dolan,...
In cases of alimony, a court may deviate from the statutory durational limits “in the interests of justice.” But can this deviation from the durational limits occur even after the statutory duration has expired? Recently, the Massachusetts Appeals Court...
In many cases involving alimony, the court orders a party to pay alimony at the time of divorce. In some cases, a court may modify alimony after the divorce — either increase, decrease, or altogether terminate alimony. To prevail on an alimony modification, the...
In recent years, litigants have tested the new Massachusetts alimony laws in the state’s appellate courts numerous times. One of the most highly contested issues deals with the durational limits for alimony. With the Alimony Reform Act of 2011 came the implementation...
Generally, alimony payments are modifiable if one of the parties encounters a material change in circumstances. A new Massachusetts case deals with an interesting change regarding a retroactive alimony modification. This case involves one party serving a prison...
Alimony is support paid by one spouse, known as the payor, towards the maintenance of the other spouse, known as the payee. In many cases, alimony terminates after a specific period of time, based on the length of the marriage. In some cases, however, it terminates...
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