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What types of alimony can you receive in a Massachusetts divorce?

While undergoing a divorce is never pleasant, when you have to bring up the alimony discussion then divorce proceedings can turn downright ugly. When facing alimony proceedings in Massachusetts court, it can help to understand exactly how alimony works. This includes understanding what type of alimony you can receive. Did you know Massachusetts has four different types of alimony?

As described on, the types of alimony you can receive are general term alimony, reimbursement alimony, rehabilitative alimony and transitional alimony. General term alimony and transitional alimony may be the most familiar. With general term alimony, the recipient is granted monthly payments based on the fact that you were financially dependent on your spouse. The length of time for the payments depends on the length of the marriage. Transitional alimony, on the other hand, is a short-term arrangement involving a limited number of payments or a single lump sum to help the recipient settle into a new life.

Rehabilitative alimony falls somewhere between the two. This type of alimony provides the divorced spouse/recipient with financial support up until a prescribed time, at which point you are expected to financially support yourself. Reimbursement alimony looks at the financial investment that you made into the marriage, and if it is deemed feasible then you may be awarded compensation for money provided to support your spouse. This can include if you financed your spouse's business, or provided other monetary support.

This blog is a reference article only and does not constitute legal advice or recommendations.

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