Massachusetts Divorce Specialist Susannah L. Brown Applauds Landmark Alimony Legislation

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After years of debate, Massachusetts finally does away with its antiquated alimony laws. Lifetime alimony may be a thing of the past.

Attorney Susannah L. Brown welcomes the new alimony legislation signed into law this week by Gov. Deval Patrick. The Alimony Reform Act of 2011 will set time limits on alimony.

Finally, after years of debate Massachusetts gets a new alimony law that should provide both Husbands and Wives with clarity and predictability when it comes time for an award of spousal support/ alimony. Massachusetts divorce litigants have long had a formula to calculate child support based on income and other tangible factors. Now, the same can be said for alimony. The bill, which had been approved by the House and Senate earlier this summer, establishes clear guidelines of alimony payment amounts and limits the duration of alimony. One of the biggest changes to the current legal framework is that the bill would set limits on how long an ex-spouse could receive alimony based upon the length of marriage. The prior alimony laws had no durational limit. The new legislation finally puts an end to “lifetime alimony” except in some cases of long term marriages.

For more information on the legislation and how it might affect you in your pending divorce or how it could potentially lead to a Modification of your prior Divorce settlement contact Attorney Susannah L. Brown She has offices in Pembroke and West Dennis (Cape Cod) Massachusetts and serves the surrounding area, mainly Hingham, Norwell, Marshfield, Duxbury, Barnstable, Hanover, Cohasset, Sharon, Westwood, Norwood, Natick, Needham, Canton, Plymouth and Scituate. Susannah L. Brown has practiced law since 1993 and focuses primarily on Family Law and Divorce. She is also a Certified Mediator. She represents litigants all of Plymouth, Norfolk, Bristol, Middlesex and Barnstable Counties. She can be reached by telephone at 781-829-6870 or on the web at


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