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What are the different types of alimony under the new Alimony Reform?

Under Massachusetts’s new Alimony Reform, the legislation has provided for 4 different types of alimony: General alimony, Rehabilitative Alimony, Reimbursement Alimony and Transitional Alimony.  The reason for the classification is that the duration of each type of alimony, how the payments are calculated, and the ability to modify it in the future, depends on the specific type of alimony that is used to classify.

General alimony is what we traditionally think of as alimony.  It is ordered when once spouse is financially dependent on the other spouse.

Rehabilitative alimony is alimony given for a short period of time so that the lesser earning spouse can get back on their feet through job training or finding a new job.

Reimbursement alimony is alimony for a short period of time or a lump-sum payment to reimburse a spouse for marriage contribution, such as helping to put a spouse through school and paying for student loans.

Transitional alimony is alimony for a short period of time or a lump-sum payment for the purpose of helping the spouse transition to a new standard of living or to relocated due to the divorce.


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