Heather-Jill Williams
Family Law PC
~850 Springfield Street Suite 3, Feeding Hills MA 01030~
Phone (413) 789-9600 Fax (413) 789-9633

The  Alimony Reform Act of 2011 has dramatically reformed the way alimony is structured in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. 

Whether you are getting a divorce and seeking to receive or avoid paying alimony as art of the divorce, or have been a receipient or  payor of alimony for some time, Attorney Heather-Jill Williams offers practical legal advice on alimony and will advise you as to your rights or obligations under this new law.

A major aspect of this legislation relates to term limitations on alimony.  Many divorced individuals are in the situation where their Judgment requires them to pay alimony for life.  The Alimony Reform Act of 2011 allows for alimony to be modified and terminated at a date certain in certain circumstances.

Whether you are paying or receiving alimony it is important to know how this new law may impact you.  If you are the recipient of alimony, a consultation with Attorney Williams will provide you the knowledge you need to plan for a potential termination or reduction of your spousal support.  If you are currently paying alimony, Attorney Williams will assess your case and advise you as to if, when and how you can go about filing a case to modify or terminate your alimony obligation.

Retirement also effects the termination of alimony.  Full retirement age based upon the United States Old Age Survivors and Disability Insurance Program may be grounds for termination of an alimony obligation

Cohabitation may also effect alimony payments, now and in the future.

The act took effect on March 1, 2012, but not everyone effected by this law is permitted to immediately file an action in court.  The legislation has provided different times for individuals to file such a case.  As the payor or recipient, it is important for you to know what your alimony future may look like, and when you may have a case regarding the modification of alimony.

Call for your consultation with Attorney Williams to understand  your alimony rights and obligations under this new legislation.


Attorney Heather-Jill Williams


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