Law Offices Of Sheara F. Friend

Call us for a consultation
978-464-1071
To our clients and colleagues:
We want to assure you that our firm remains open and fully operational during this time, while implementing safety measures related to COVID19. Our attorneys and staff are working remotely with full access to the tools necessary to continue working and serving our clients, and we are monitoring the evolving changes put into effect by the courts. We remain fully accessible by telephone and email and have added video conferencing capability.
The health and safety of our staff, attorneys, clients, and the community at large are of the utmost importance to us. We are closely watching all updates from the CDC, the WHO, the White House, and Massachusetts government and health agencies to ensure we are taking every measure to do our part in preventing the spread of COVID19. This is a rapidly changing situation and we will provide updates on any steps we need to take in response to emerging circumstances.
Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any questions or concerns, and please take all precautions to keep yourselves healthy.

A quick guide for preparing to modify your alimony in MA

A quick guide for preparing to modify your alimony in MA

  1. Home
  2.  » 
  3. mediation and collaborative law
  4.  » A quick guide for preparing to modify your alimony in MA

People move through different life changes after a divorce. One person might get into a serious relationship or remarry. Exes may change careers or start a new family. All of these may have some bearing on whether the payer can afford to keep distributing the same amount of money as they agreed to at the time of the divorce.

According to Massachusett’s state website, unless a couple has been married for 20 or more years, the alimony is not indefinite. Because of this, some people may choose to wait out the alimony period instead of seeking a modification. Here are the current alimony payment term lengths as it relates to the lengths of marriages:

  • Indefinite alimony for marriages that last for 20 years or more
  • Up to 80% of the number of months of marriage for 15 to 20 years
  • Up to 70% of the number of months of marriage for 10 to 15 years
  • Up to 60% of the number of months of marriage for five to 10 years
  • Up to half the number of months of marriage for five years or less

Even indefinite alimony might get changed and either party can make this request. Massachusett’s website states that some couples even make the request together. When spouses agree on the changes, the process tends to be a lot easier. There are several documents to file together. These include but are not limited to financial statements, child support guidelines and an affidavit.

When couples do not agree, the process is a bit trickier. This may involve filing financial statements as well as a complaint for modification of alimony. Court dates may soon follow.