After being unanimously passed by the House on July 20, 2011, the much awaited Alimony Reform Act of 2011 was unanimously passed by the Senate today, July 28, 2011.  The bill now awaits Governor Patrick's signature before it becomes effective.  It is expected that the new law will take effect in March of 2012.  If you are currently paying or receiving an alimony award, you should consult with an experienced family law attorney to see how this new law may impact you.