Law Offices of Miriam G. Altman, PC

57 Bedford Street, Suite 106
Lexington, MA 02420


Alimony is spousal support paid from one spouse to the other. Alimony can be awarded on a temporary basis while a divorce is pending, or can be awarded at the final judgment. In Massachusetts, there are different forms of alimony, including “general term alimony,” “rehabilitation alimony,” “reimbursement alimony,” and “transitional alimony.”

With regard to general term alimony, the law sets forth durational limits based on the number of years of marriage, which will generally be applied absent a compelling reason. Further, the law provides that alimony should not generally exceed the recipient’s need or 30% – 35% of the difference between the parties’ respective incomes. Further, income that is used to calculate child support is excluded from alimony calculations. Alimony payments generally terminate upon the payor reaching full Social Security retirement age. Alimony also terminates upon the recipient’s marriage. Alimony can also be suspended, modified or terminated if the recipient spouse cohabitates for over three months.

It is important to have an experienced attorney who can help you evaluate your case. The attorneys at the Law Offices of Miriam G. Altman, PC are experienced in representing both payor and recipient spouses in all litigation involving alimony, including divorces, modifications and contempts. We assist recipient spouses in obtaining alimony awards where appropriate and in enforcing existing orders. We also assist in defending against claims for alimony where appropriate, and advocating for the payor spouse. When appropriate, we work closely with expert CPAs and forensic accountants when disputes arise regarding what income should be used to calculate alimony. Contact us today to discuss whether our office can assist you in obtaining an alimony award, defending against an alimony claim or terminating or modifying an existing award.

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