By Tracy Fischer
October 2011 – read the entire Alimony Reform Act (PDF)
The Massachusetts Alimony Reform Act of 2011 was just passed into law amending Massachusetts General Law chapter 208 section 34, adding section 48, clarifying the nature and duration of alimony. The law will become effective in March of 2012
First, four different categories of alimony are identified and defined: General term alimony is simply a periodic payment of support to one spouse to another. Rehabilitative, Reimbursement and Transitional alimony are all defined as periodic or one time payments, considered after a marriage of five years or less. They are all seen as a means to an end and for the particular purpose of enabling a spouse a short period of time to become independent.