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Indiana University
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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

MA Alimony Laws

There is some discussion in MA of a change in alimony laws.  From the Boston Herald:

Today, welfare laws reflect current expectations of self-sufficiency, allowing able-bodied persons to receive public support only temporarily. Yet, under Massachusetts divorce law, first spouses can collect alimony for life (even after the payer has retired) regardless of the duration of the marriage.

Thus, a man who earns more than his former spouse of less than five years may be forced to pay lifetime alimony, even if the ex is an educated 30-something fully capable of supporting herself.

Second wives and ex-husbands are not the only ones frustrated with the system.

Read more here.


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The proposed law is unjust and unfair. If a man and a woman marry young, and in all frankness marry stupid, then neither spouse should have to fear that once the stupid marraige is dissolved, they will have to pay alimony for life...the new law places too much pressue on potential divorcees.

Posted by: Tulsa Divorce Attorney Matt Ingham | Jul 21, 2011 4:29:26 PM

I agree, the law sounds harsh.

Posted by: Beth | Jul 29, 2011 7:26:09 PM

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