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Worcester Alimony Lawyers

Helping Residents of Westborough & Hanover Receive Spousal Support

Alimony or spousal support is a legal obligation ordered by the court that requires one person to financially support their former spouse during or after a divorce. This compensation is meant to help the lesser-earning spouse maintain the quality of living that he or she had during the marriage. It’s an issue that has to be addressed within every divorce; however, even when spousal support is requested, there is no guarantee that the court will order it.

Fortunately, O’Connor Family Law can help you:

  • pursue a claim for alimony
  • negotiate a support amount
  • refute the opposing party’s demand for spousal support

Some of these claims can be challenging, but with the over 35 combined years of exclusive family law experience, our skilled Worcester alimony lawyers can provide you with the support you need to meet your goals.

Request your initial consultation by calling (774) 214-2137 today.

What are the Types of Alimony?

Massachusetts General Laws §208(48) defines each form of alimony. Our Worcester attorneys can advise a person seeking a divorce about what types of alimony may be available to them.

Depending on your situation, you may receive:

  • reimbursement alimony: this type of alimony is issued when the spouse who supported the other during the course of the marriage seeks reimbursement for the money they spent on the other’s education. For example, let’s say that Mrs. Jones worked and covered all the bills while Mr. Jones attended med school. If they were to divorce, Mr. Jones could have to pay Mrs. Jones reimbursement alimony for supporting him through med school as she will not see the long-term benefit of what she supported him through. However, this type of spousal support is only available in marriages that lasted less than five years.
  • rehabilitative alimony: Rehabilitative payments are a temporary form of spousal support. Generally, this type of support helps lesser-earning spouses that are unable to meet their own financial needs going forward but should be able to do so within a predicted amount of time. Rehabilitative alimony is meant to provide financial support while the lower-earning spouse completes job training or school or can become employed.
  • transitional alimony: Like rehabilitative support, transitional compensation is also a form of short-term financial assistance only for marriages that are shorter than five years long. In some cases, it involves a single lump-sum payment from the higher-earning spouse but can be weekly or monthly payments as well. This form of alimony covers the expenses for a person that is moving to a new location or adopting a change in their lifestyle due to the marriage and divorce.
  • general term alimony: General term alimony is a catch-all form of support paid from a higher-earning spouse to the lower-earning spouse that can come up in any length of marriage. This form of spousal support requires a showing of financial need and ability to pay. Then there are also a number of factors the Court has to consider when alimony is being requested. The length of time these payments are available depends on how long the marriage lasted.
  • lump sum alimony: Lump sum alimony (as the name suggests) is when the court orders the paying spouse to give the entire sum of spousal support in one payment.

Qualifying for Spousal Support Payments

Whether a judge grants an alimony payment or not depends on the specifics of that individual divorce case.

Some factors they may take into account include each spouse’s:

  • Age
  • Health
  • Income

The judge also will consider the length of the marriage as well as the lifestyle the couple enjoyed, among a number of other factors. While the judge in a divorce case has discretion over alimony, our extraordinary legal team at O’Connor Family Law can advocate for appropriate payments on behalf of our clients in Westborough.

Here to Help You Fight for Your Interests

Contact Our Worcester alimony attorneys today. Our dedicated team is here to help you with these matters, as well as other challenges you may be facing in your divorce.

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How We Operate

Empowering You to Move Forward 
  • Education

    We don't believe in telling you what to do. Our team's goal is to educate and provide you with favorable options so that you feel empowered to choose the best outcome for yours and your family's needs. 

  • Team-Focused

    When you work with our firm you become part of a collaborative team. You can rest assured that you have a team of two attorneys and a paralegal behind you, who are always up to date on your case. 

  • Compassionate & Aggressive

    When it comes to divorce amicability is our first step - when that doesn't work, we are not afraid to throw on the gloves. As seasoned litigators, we understand that litigation is not a game; it is fighting for justice for you and your children.

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