Spousal support is one of the greatest areas of dispute in any divorce case. One spouse feels that they should be entitled to a payment while the other feels that they should not have to support someone to whom they are no longer married. Regardless of your current financial situation, it is important to understand that divorce means that your life is entering a new phase. How the Court rules on the issue of alimony will impact the way in which you begin this phase. By retaining an experienced family law attorney you can help to ensure that your rights remain protected. Our Boston spousal support lawyers have over twenty-five years of combined experience and are able to assist you with such matters. Contact our office today to schedule an initial consultation. We also service Worcester, Cambridge, and other Massachusetts areas.
Alimony attorneys assisting Boston residents who are going through a divorce
Alimony is a common issue in contested divorce cases. Our state typically divides spousal support into four types. “Rehabilitative Alimony” is meant to provide temporary relief to a spouse who needs time to “get back on their feet” after a marriage. Such a spouse may need to obtain job training to re-enter the workforce or they may be recovering from a medical issue. “General Term Alimony” may be awarded in a case where, due to the length of the parties’ marriage and the amount of time for which one spouse has been dependent on the other, the receiving spouse is considered in need of more lasting support. “Reimbursement Alimony” is usually up to five years for the purpose of making up costs one spouse paid for the other’s education or job training. “Transitional Alimony” is a one-time payment or short-duration support to assist the receiving spouse with settling into a new lifestyle after the divorce. Short-term marriages will typically result in neither party paying support. Medium-term marriages will often result in rehabilitative maintenance. The more a marriage is considered to have been “long-term” then the more likely the Court is to order ongoing support.
The Probate and Family Court will consider several factors when it addresses the issue of alimony. These factors include the actual financial need of the spouse requesting support and the ability of the other party to pay. Also, the Court will consider factors such as the length of the marriage, the relative job skills and employability of each spouse, the extent to which a spouse obtained skills or enhanced their marketability during the marriage, whether one spouse left the workforce to care for the parties’ children, whether child support is being paid, etc. It is important to understand that there is no set formula for determining if and how support will be awarded.
Our Boston alimony attorneys will protect your rights during divorce proceedings. At the outset of your case, Edward Swan and Sohail Nassiri will file any necessary Motions regarding the immediate award of support. They will then use discovery (the process by which information is gained from the other side) to gather evidence showing whether or not support should be paid. This evidence can include a spouse’s efforts to find meaningful employment, the extent to which one is “underemployed,” bank statements, credit card receipts, and evidence showing whether or not one’s spending patterns are reasonable. We will make any necessary arguments on your behalf and, if a settlement cannot be reached, we will aggressively protect your rights at trial. Our firm understands that this is a serious time in your life. We will take your case seriously.
Lawyers providing quality service to Boston clients involved in a dispute over spousal support
You are facing a stressful situation if you are involved in a divorce. That stress is worsened if you are concerned about paying or receiving spousal support. The last thing you need in such a situation is to have an attorney who does not make client-communication a priority. Our lawyers provide clients with their cell phone numbers, they promptly respond to messages, and they make themselves available to answer your questions. We work to provide the highest level of service and this is our promise in every case we handle.
In addition to Boston, we also assist Massachusetts residents in the Middlesex County cities of Cambridge, Lowell, Somerville, and Newton, as well as those in the cities of Salem, Dedham, Worcester, Brockton, Quincy, and Lynn.