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Alimony or Spousal Support

When you and your spouse divorce, there are a number of decisions you need to make that will have a long-term impact on your quality of life. One of the decisions the Massachusetts courts generally make on behalf of those involved is whether or not one spouse must provide the other with monetary support, which is also known as alimony or spousal support. At Cervizzi & Associates, our family law attorneys have over 25 years of experience guiding clients throughout Massachusetts in divorce actions involving alimony. Whether you are the recipient of support or must pay it, we offer skilled counsel in ensuring an equitable result.

Alimony is one of the most frequently fought-over issues in divorce, and while courts and lawyers strive to split marital assets equitably, “equitable” does not necessarily mean “equal.” At Cervizzi & Associates, our lawyers know the laws governing spousal support and the courts tasked with making support decisions. Whether your divorce is amicable or contentious, we always work to reach a fair agreement between our client and the opposing party.

When determining whether or not alimony should be granted, how much should be awarded, and how long it should continue, Massachusetts judges weigh certain factors, including a couple’s length of marriage, their standard of living during the marriage, the relative income of each individual, and the needs of each spouse. Retaining an experienced alimony attorney can help you convince the court that you need support, increasing the chance that alimony will be awarded. Alternatively, we can also work to convince the judge that your ex-spouse does not need spousal support or needs less than he or she asked for.

In Massachusetts, there are four types of alimony agreements:

  • Temporary alimony. This type of alimony provides support during the divorce action, which may include attorney fees and relevant litigation costs.
  • Rehabilitative alimony. Rehabilitative alimony helps a dependent spouse become self-reliant and may end when an ex-spouse has found a job or has completed his or her education.
  • Reimbursement alimony. This type of alimony is awarded to the spouse who worked to support the family while the other spouse pursued professional training or career development. It may end or the amount paid may decrease once the spouse has been compensated.
  • Permanent alimony. Permanent alimony is given to a spouse who is seriously ill or who has demonstrated economic need. This agreement can be modified due to changing financial needs or other circumstances.

Our attorneys work with you to determine what kind of alimony is the best for your situation.

At Cervizzi & Associates, our attorneys represent clients who are seeking alimony as well as those who will be required to pay it. Our clients are often concerned about whether they are required to pay alimony if their circumstances change. Others come to us if they are not receiving the alimony payments specified by the agreement. We can help you present evidence to the court as to why the amount you pay should be decreased or request that the court properly enforce the existing alimony agreement.

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  • "I went to Cervizzi and Associates over 3 years ago to discuss with Laura Cervizzi about divorcing my husband, after my decision was made Laura paired me with Atty. Amy Kraft a young, conscientious lawyer. I was a bit hesitant, but Laura assured me she would be the right person for the job. And two years together, she was the right person, she was kind, compassionate brilliant and always there for me in my darkest hours she wasn’t after two years my attorney, she was my friend and guardian she understood me and how I would react to what was going on through this ordeal a wonderful diligent young lady, I am so grateful for her coming to my aid, keeping me on track and for the wonderful relationship which blossomed with all at Cervizzi and Associates. If anyone is in need of this type of service these are the group of women to take care of you from Laura, to Priscilla and gratefully to Amy. Thank you to all of you, you are simply the best."

  • "Nicole, I will never be able to thank you enough for helping me to get through my divorce. You have not only been an excellent lawyer who helped me to navigate through a foreign process, you have been a caring friend. I could always count on you to give me professional advice that was always in my best interest. You “got” my ex-husband and what he was trying to do to my children and I. You were adept at handling his lawyer and through her, him. Thank you so much for supporting me in court the day of my divorce. You stayed by my side and made sure that I was OK from the moment I entered the building until it was over and I left. I am very happy with my settlement. I will miss you! Laura is extremely lucky to have you on her team but I’m sure she knows that! I will always recommend Cervizzi & Associates in a heartbeat!"

  • "Nicole, you have moved mountains to remove a large obstacle from my life! I moved a lot emotionally, to get here today. There is a lot more “moving for me in the future! I can’t thank you enough for all the hard work you did for me. You are very strong, smart, and knowledgeable. I truly believe anyone else would have gotten me different results. Like you know, my now ex-husband wasn’t very reasonable and I believe you were right on the mark in knowing how to deal with him. Thank you for understanding where he was coming from, and understanding what was needed. Thank you for the thousand e-mails and phone calls I sent your way. Most of all, thank you for treating me like a friend. You treated me with the upmost respect. I would recommend you in a heartbeat. You are an excellent lawyer!"

  • "Laura M., thank you so much for everything you have done over the last year! You offered great support and guidance, and have a natural cheerleader, and defender in you. It is because of you that my daughter is safe and I can move on with my life. "

  • "Hey Nicole, Thank you again for all of your help. My son couldn’t be more excited. The best part was his first words when he heard the news… “Dad, that’s so awesome. I’m actually really excited to start school now.” You did a good thing here! I was absolutely thrilled with the outcome of my case and the way in which you were able to manage the issues."

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