Alimony is also referred to as Spousal Support in Massachusetts. Alimony is typically awarded in divorce cases to the former spouse based on an agreement or based on the decision of the court. Alimony helps the dependent spouse supplement the lost income from the other spouse.

There are several factors to consider when determining eligibility for alimony:

  • Length of the marriage
  • The ability of the paying spouse to support his or herself
  • The mutual standard of living for both spouses during the marriage
  • The time it would take for the recipient spouse to receive education in order to obtain a job that would allow them to be self-sufficient
  • The age, physical and emotional condition, and financial state of the former spouses


The duration of alimony payment varies from couple to couple, but generally speaking, alimony is paid as long as is required for the recipient spouse to receive training so that they can work and become self-sufficient.

In a divorce filed on fault grounds, the spouse with a stronger case will likely have an advantage when it comes to alimony. See how the Massachusetts Alimony Reform Act of 2011 may affect your situation.

The majority of alimony payments end when the recipient remarries. Unlike child support, alimony is hard to enforce because the same enforcement mechanisms are not in place.

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