I am Attorney Teresa Scibelli with Family Law Offices located in Shrewsbury MA. Common questions regarding alimony that my client’s typically ask may include:
How much alimony will I have to pay? How much alimony will I receive?
The amount of alimony a Court orders is determined based on a recipient’s need versus the payor’s ability to pay. There are many factors which affect need versus ability to pay. The Massachusetts legislature enacted “Alimony Reform” in 2011 which created durational limits on alimony and created a range for determining how much alimony is fair and how long alimony will last. More recently, federal tax laws changed, eliminating the long-standing federal tax deduction for alimony. As a result of these recent changes, the law regarding alimony, and formulas to calculate it, are likely to continue to evolve in the years to come. You need an experienced attorney to help you navigate this constantly changing area of the law and to help protect your interests.
How long will I have to pay alimony? How long will I be entitled to receive Alimony?
The Alimony Reform statute sets forth new rules regarding the duration of alimony, as well as specific types of alimony available depending upon the circumstances of your marriage. Life events such as retirement, remarriage and cohabitation will also affect the duration of alimony. It is important to have an attorney that is familiar with the Alimony Reform statute on your side. Whether you are a payor or a recipient, I can assist you in making sure that a fair alimony order is entered on your behalf.