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How Is Alimony Determined?

Massachusetts enacted an Alimony Reform Act, which became effective March 1, 2012. In very broad terms, the amount of alimony to be paid to an economically dependent recipient should generally not exceed the recipient’s need or 30% to 35% of the difference between the parties’ gross incomes. The Alimony Reform Act sets forth numerous factors that determine the type, amount and duration of alimony, as well as several deviation factors, which can result in a different amount or duration of alimony.

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