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The Alimony Reform Act of 2011 - One Step Closer to Alimony Reform in Massachusetts.

When I first wrote about the potential for alimony reform in Massachusetts, it seemed as though we were about to see some changes to our antiquated alimony laws. That was more than a year ago (http://www.bostonherald.com/business/womens/general/view.bg?articleid=1235550) and, subsequently, pending legislation was stalledby intense battles over the nature of what the reform should be between activists, legislators and family law attorneys.With the filing of a new bill,the Alimony Reform Act of...

The Passage of the Alimony Reform Act of 2011

After being unanimously passed by the House on July 20, 2011, the much awaitedAlimony Reform Act of 2011 wasunanimously 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.

UPDATE: The Alimony Reform Act of 2011

The bill hit Governor Patrick's desk today and now awaits his signature. He has 10 days to act on the bill.

The End of Lifetime Alimony

Today Governor Patrick signed the Alimony Reform Act into law. The new law, which will take effect in March of 2012, places much-needed duration limits upon alimony awards in Massachusetts. If you are currently paying or receiving an alimony award, the new law may have an impact on your case. Contact a local family law attorney to see how the new law may help you.

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Do your homework, it will help cut down on legal fees in your divorce.

People are always asking me how they can save money on their divorce case. The number one piece of advice that I give them is to do their homework. In a Divorce action, Supplement Probate Court Rule 410 requires that the parties AUTOMATICALLY provide the following documents to the opposing party (within 45 days from the date of service of the summons):