In March 2012, Massachusetts legislators passed a new alimony reform law that was aimed towards making alimony payments on an as-needed basis as well as discontinuing the practice of paying alimony for life.
This landmark move was the first of it’s kind in the United States and was considered a major change in how Americans support their former partners after a divorce. However, there were some issues with the new law that warranted a new alimony bill which was filed last month.
In order to understand why the new bill was introduced, we need to step back and understand what alimony entails. According to the CDC, there were 813,862 divorces in 2014 alone — that’s 3.2 couples out of every 1,000. As a nation that tops the charts in the number of divorces every year, alimony exists as a way to ease the financial burden of couples who have split.
Alimony is the financial support a person must provide their former spouse after a divorce or separation. This usually means the husband is paying support to his former wife. Yet as the country moves more towards equality in all aspects of life, the Massachusetts Commonwealth sought to make financial support more fair.
What’s Wrong with the Alimony Law
The wording of the alimony law that was passed in 2012 ended up creating some confusion as to who would receive full benefits of the new law. The latest revised bill will hopefully provide relief for those who have been paying long-term alimony even though they may not be financially capable of such a monthly payment.
The Law Office of Stark & Heiner recommend calling your local legislature to find out more information regarding the new bill. For those going through the divorce process right now, contact our office for legal assistance.
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