Chelmsford Lawyer for Alimony Issues
Alimony, also known as spousal support, is one of the most contested issues in divorce. Recently enacted changes in state law have dramatically changed both new orders for alimony as well as orders previously entered into or ordered by the court. Driven by the change in financial circumstances and the emotion of the divorce, these cases have the potential for contentious litigation. If you are getting a divorce, it is in your best interest to have an experienced lawyer advising you of your rights.
At the Law Office of Peter V. Lawlor, PC, we represent men and women in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, providing skilled representation in cases involving all aspects of divorce and family law. We understand the impact that alimony can have on people’s lives and strive to obtain results that are favorable for our clients.
Factors That Are Considered When Making a Support Determination
We understand the stress and uncertainty you are dealing with as you consider your future. After your divorce, you may not be able to count on the income you have grown accustomed to. Or, you may worry about how you will make ends meet if your ex-spouse is granted alimony as part of the divorce arrangement.
Judges in these cases have the discretion to award either party alimony or spousal support. However, it is still more common for women to be granted alimony based on factors such as:
- The length of the marriage
- The conduct of the spouses during the marriage
- The income and needs of each spouse
- Health insurance costs
- Tax or asset allocation
Unlike in the past, where the award of alimony was much less certain, the Massachusetts Alimony Reform Act has widened significantly the probability of an alimony award. It is more important than ever to have an attorney on your side who understands and uses to your advantage all aspects of this new law. We are skilled at ensuring that alimony and spousal support arrangements are in the best interest of our clients and do not place an undue burden on them.
Contact Our Attorney for Help With Your Spousal Support Needs
We can help you with all aspects of alimony and spousal support, including modification. Contact us online to arrange a consultation.