Massachusetts awards spousal support in long-term marriages if one spouse has substantially more assets than the other, or if one spouse needs temporary support in order to increase his or her earning potential. While the divorce process, including spousal maintenance issues, may seem confusing and a bit frightening, a knowledgeable attorney can explain the procedures, answer your questions and ease your concerns during these otherwise difficult times.
The Law Offices of Judith A. Wayne & Associates. Wayne has more than 30 years of experience handling all aspects of family law in Massachusetts. Founded by attorney Judith Wayne in 1981, our firm has represented hundreds of families in all types of divorce cases, from relatively simple separation agreements to high-asset trials. We take great pride in helping clients cut through emotional barriers and effectively resolve their divorce-related issues.
For a free initial consultation, call 781-691-9104 or contact our law firm online. We serve clients throughout the Boston area, including Marblehead and the North Shore. We also represent clients as far west as Pittsfield and as far east as Cape Cod and the Islands.
Extensive Alimony Experience
If you are considering a divorce, an experienced lawyer can be of great assistance. Our firm has a strong background in all family law matters and knows how to ensure that our clients’ rights are fully protected. During an initial consultation, we will clearly explain some of the factors the court may use to determine the amount and duration of alimony, including:
- Duration of the marriage
- Income level of each spouse
- Age and health of the each party
- Standard of living during the marriage
- Earning power of each spouse based on his or her education
Our firm is committed to aggressively protecting clients from paying alimony to financially secure spouses. At the same time, we will always fight to secure alimony for clients who are truly in need of spousal support.
Massachusetts Alimony Law Has Changed
Alimony is tax-deductible for the payer and treated as taxable income for the receiver.
While courts used to order temporary or permanent alimony, those terms are no longer used following the passage of new laws in 2012. Instead, when alimony is awarded, it is usually awarded for a set period of time based on the length of the marriage. In certain cases, courts can award alimony for an indefinite period. Judith A. Wayne is fully conversant with the law regarding alimony and all its aspects. She will work diligently to obtain your desired goal.
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Please note, we also work with clients seeking to resolve property division disputes.
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