You are a mother who has, for reasons that many people would consider valid, kept quiet about the identity of your children's father or discouraged involvement between him and the children. Perhaps he was abusive or engaged in serious criminal activity. Bottom line: You thought it was best that the children not get to know him and vice versa. However, he has found out about the children or wants to be involved in their lives.
The issue of spousal support can play a large and contentious role in the divorce process. Many people, when thinking of alimony, jump straight to the most extreme examples: the penniless spouse forced to pay alimony to a lazy ex, or, conversely, the homemaker left with nothing after years of marriage. Learning more about how support typically works in Massachusetts can help you get a more down-to-earth picture of what to expect.