Posts By: Attorney Valerie A. Ross

Will My Existing Alimony Agreement be Affected by the New Alimony Reform Act?

Part 1: Duration of Alimony: Massachusetts completely reformed its alimony laws with the Alimony Reform Act that went into effect on March 1, 2012. Under prior law, a typical alimony order continued until the earlier of 1) death of either party, 2) remarriage of the recipient, 3) or by order of the Court after a… Read more »

Is Child Support affected by the payment of College expenses?

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The answer to this question is ‚Äúprobably‚ÄĚ but it depends on your unique situation. The Child Support Guidelines are intended to apply to all child support orders for children up until the age of 18, with the Court retaining the discretion to order support and or contributions to college costs for children over 18. Attorney… Read more »

How Much Child Support Will I Pay or Receive?

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Child support in Massachusetts is calculated by use of the Child Support Guidelines. New guidelines were issued on August 1, 2013. The guidelines are used whether the parents are married or unmarried. The new formula looks at the first $250,000 in combined income but the Judge has discretion to calculate additional support by using the… Read more »