How Alimony Laws are Changing: In Massachusetts, Florida, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Oregon, the alimony laws are changing. Alimony was created when women had no economic power in the past and depended solely on their husbands’ income throughout the marriage. However, this was a time when divorce was scarce and living together was scandalous. The times have changed but many laws have not.
The new Massachusetts alimony law treats alimony like child support. There are guidelines based on the length of the marriage and the income of the parties. Many attorneys are agreeing that the “overhaul” of the law is a positive thing, and that laws need to be overhauled to keep pace with society’s progress.
Legislators are now trying to create new bills that are more considerate of the payers’ right. This is especially important for alimony payers in New Jersey because the alimony laws are extremely out-dated, making payers responsible for payments of the same amount even when they have lost their jobs.
California has its own alimony laws to determine the amount and duration of spousal support.
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