Monday, February 29, 2016
From Fox Boston:
Just four years after the state passed a sweeping alimony reform law, a new alimony bill was filed at the Massachusetts Statehouse to fix some of the confusion and problems that have arisen
In March 2012, following a year long investigation by FOX25 into how alimony was handled in the state, legislators unanimously passed a new law to reform the system.
The purpose of the law was to make alimony need based and end the practice of alimony for life. It was said to be a model for the country.
Chester Chin, from Turner Falls, was one of the first to seek relief from the bill in 2012.
The retired teacher hoped a judge would put an end to his payments based on his financial situation compared to that of his ex-wife’s.
“Over $800 a month is going in that direction,” He said. “When I read the law, I said ‘well, there's a chance to get my life back on track.’”
Chin’s case went all the way to the state’s highest court, and after legal fees topped $12,000 the alimony payments were upheld.
“To have our case dismissed and really rejected it was just mind blowing to this day I can't understand how it happened," Lisa Chin, Chester's current wife, said.
Steve Hitner, President of Massachusetts Alimony Reform, helped draft the 2012 bill and the new version.
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