Alimony or spousal support is still a consideration for many divorcing couples, especially when one party earns significantly more than the other. If you are worried about your ability to maintain your current standard of living after divorce, you may seek alimony.
At Reade Law Firm, PC, we often negotiate the amount and duration of alimony along with the division of property during the divorce process. When the parties cannot agree on alimony, one may petition the court to award alimony in a judgment.
Massachusetts courts look at a number of different factors to determine whether to award alimony and, if so, how much and for how long. Some of the factors a judge typically considers include:
- How long you were married
- How old you are
- Your current incomes and earning potentials
- Your physical and mental health
- The ability of each of you to maintain the lifestyle you had during the marriage
When negotiating alimony outside of court, we may consider many of these same factors. Alimony agreements, like child custody and support agreements, are not permanent. If there are significant changes in your life or your ex-spouse’s life, we can help you modify an existing alimony agreement to increase or decrease the amount.
Learn What To Expect
We have extensive experience practicing family law in Essex and Middlesex County, and we know what is reasonable to expect from various judges. This insight helps us set realistic expectations for our clients. We will never promise you something unreasonable from the divorce process, but we will fight for the best possible outcome for you.
Talk To A Lawyer About Your Situation
Reade Law Firm, PC, offers clients a free initial consultation with an attorney. We take the time to get to know our clients well, so we can best represent your interests. Call our Peabody office at 978-767-4667 or contact us online to schedule an appointment.