Wednesday, July 20, 2011
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.