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Massachusetts Alimony Reform Act: When Does my Alimony Obligation Terminate?

In March 2012, the Massachusetts Alimony Reform Act became effective. Under the Alimony Reform Act, a spouse’s alimony obligation now has a termination date, whereas under previously Massachusetts alimony law, a spouse’s alimony obligation could last forever.

To determine when your alimony obligation will terminate, you first must know what kind of alimony you are paying. There are four categories of alimony in Massachusetts: General Alimony, Rehabilitative Alimony, Reimbursement Alimony, and Transitional Alimony.

General Alimony

General Alimony is the most common type of alimony. Under this type of alimony, a spouse’s alimony obligation lasts for a percentage of the length of the marriage.

For marriages lasting 5 years or less, a spouse’s alimony obligation lasts 50% the number of months the parties were married. For marriages lasting more than 5 years, but less than 10 years, a spouse’s alimony obligation is 60% the number of months the parties were married. For marriages lasting more than 10 years, but less than 15 years, a spouse’s alimony obligation is 70% the number of months the parties were married. For marriages lasting more than 15 … Read More »



Estate Planning for the New Year

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Can you believe that 2016 is almost behind us? Have you satisfied your New Year’s resolution to have your Will prepared? Do you have minor children that need a guardianship provision? Have you been divorced recently requiring a new will, health care proxy and power of attorney? If so, please contact me today at (617)539-1010 or at edamaral@amarallaw.com so that we can send you a form to get started.



Protecting Your Assets in a Dating Relationship Through a Cohabitation Agreement

cohabOnce a couple marries, there are certain protections and rights bestowed upon each spouse under the law. These rights include the right to property division in the event of divorce, the right to maintain medical insurance benefits through his/her spouse, and the right to alimony in the event of a divorce.

However, with the divorce rate close to 60% today, there are many people in committed relationships who choose not to get married. In these situations, the couple is not given the same protections and rights as a married couple. When the relationship is going well, this may not be important to a couple, but as the relationship begins to deteriorate, having these same rights and protections can be very important.

One way unmarried couples can guarantee themselves similar rights and protections afforded to married couples is through a Cohabitation Agreement. Like a Prenuptial Agreement, a cohabitation agreement affords certain rights and responsibilities to each person during the relationship, such as who will pay what living expenses, and who will retain the house or apartment (or any other assets) in the event of a breakup. Having such an agreement can avoid legal … Read More »



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