Massachusetts Alimony Attorneys
Helping Families in Framingham & Greater Boston
Karpenski & Schmelkin, Divorce and Family Law Attorneys are dedicated to providing quality representation in alimony cases.
Alimony is defined as “the payment of support from a spouse, who has the ability to pay, to a spouse in need of support for a reasonable length of time, under a court order” Mass. Gen. Laws. Ch. 208 §48.
On March 1, 2012, the Massachusetts Alimony Reform Act went into effect. Some of the key aspects of Act include:
• Providing durational limits for alimony orders.
• Providing four types of alimony orders (General Term, Rehabilitative, Reimbursement, and Transitional).
• Providing cohabitation language as a basis for reducing, suspending, or termination an alimony order where the payor spouse can prove the recipient spouse is sharing a common household with another person for 3 continuous months or longer.
• Providing end dates for alimony upon a payor spouse reaching full retirement age.
• Providing a statutory frame for calculating amount of alimony orders.
Our alimony lawyers help with the following services (including but not limited to):
• Calculating alimony in divorce actions where one spouse is the high-income earner and the other spouse needs alimony to maintain the lifestyle established during the marriage.
• Determining an appropriate amount and duration of alimony under the Massachusetts Alimony Reform Act (Mass. Gen. Laws. Ch. 208 §§ 34, 48-55).
• Conduct extensive financial discovery to determine hidden income and hidden assets.
• Work with necessary experts such as certified divorce financial planners, certified public accountants, forensic accountants, business appraiser, real estate appraiser, etc… to assist in calculating the source of income available income for alimony, tax ramifications of an alimony order, and maximize the available after tax-income.
• Assist clients with initiating Contempt actions to enforce an alimony order or judgment.
• Assist clients in defending against Contempt actions.
• Assist clients with initiating Modification actions to either reduce, suspend, or terminate an existing alimony order or judgment under the Massachusetts Alimony Reform Act.
• Assist clients in defending against Modification actions.
• Work with vocational experts in alimony cases involving earning capacity issues where one spouse is voluntarily earning less than the spouse can through reasonable efforts.
• Effect of the Federal Tax bill on Alimony Orders
If you have any questions about alimony and need a Massachusetts Alimony Lawyer, contact us at (508) 231-6765 for a consultation. Attorneys Ann Karpenski and Marc Schmelkin bring years of legal experience in domestic relations to each alimony case and treat each client and their needs individually.