MASSACHUSETTS ALIMONY REFORM BILL IS SIGNED INTO LAW

by Marion Lee Wasserman

The Alimony Reform Act of 2011 was signed into law on September 26, 2011, to enter into effect on March 1, 2012.  This legislation is designed to add greater fairness and predictability to alimony awards in Massachusetts.  Under the Alimony Reform Act, alimony judgments existing prior to the effective date of the Act which exceed the durational limits under Section 49 of the Act “shall be deemed a material change of circumstance that warrant modification.” Complaints for modification of existing alimony awards that exceed the Act’s durational limits may be filed according to a time line specified in the law, with the earliest date for any such modifications being March 1, 2013. To read the new Massachusetts alimony provisions, go to the Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 208, specifically, Sections 48 to 55.