Massachusetts Spousal Support/Maintenance/Alimony Factors

In Massachusetts the support payments (if any) can certainly influence how the marital property distribution is awarded, which is why it can become a very intricate part of the final outcome of any divorce. Keeping this in mind, if you and your spouse are unable to reach and agreement on this issue, the Family Court will order support from one spouse to the other on a case-by-case basis as follows:

The court shall consider the followin in determing a suuport award; 1. the length of the marriage, 2. the conduct of the parties during the marriage, 3. the age, 4. health, 5. occupation, 6. amount and sources of income, 7. vocational skills and employability, 8. estate, liabilities and needs of each of the parties and the opportunity of each for future acquisition of capital assets and income.

The contribution of each of the parties in the acquisition of the marital assets and the role in the marital relationship may also be considered by the court. When the court makes an order for alimony on behalf of a spouse, said court shall determine whether the obligor under such order has health insurance or other health coverage available to him through an employer or organization or has health insurance or other health coverage available to him at reasonable cost that may be extended to cover the spouse for whom support is ordered. When said court has determined that the obligor has such insurance or coverage available to him, said court shall include in the support order a requirement that the obligor do one of the following: exercise the option of additional coverage in favor of the spouse, obtain coverage for the spouse, or reimburse the spouse for the cost of health insurance. In no event shall the order for alimony be reduced as a result of the obligorís cost for health insurance coverage for the spouse. (Massachusetts General Laws - Chapter 208 - Sections: 1A and 34)

You can also read more about Massachusetts spousal support in the Massachusetts state statutes located at: