Mass. Alimony Reform Law Goes Into Effect Today
After years of legal wrangling, a new alimony reform bill signed into law last fall goes into effect today. The idea behind the law was to make alimony payments more equitable for both parties in a divorce. Once it gained traction in the media and with lawmakers, the bill had a relatively unobstructed path to the Governor’s desk. It passed both the House and the Senate with unanimous support. It’s chief advocate, Steve Hitner, even got a standing ovation in the bill signing ceremony at the State House last September. So then why do some family and probate court judges say they’re reluctant to start implementing the law? And why do some divorce attorneys call it “mean spirited and Draconian”? We’ll dig into all of that.
Jim O’Connell, partner at Boston law firm, Posternak Blankstein & Lund. He has more than 30 years of experience in probate and family law matters, has represented numerous individuals in complex divorce and post-divorce matters, and was instrumental in Massachusetts’ reform of the treatment of Social Security benefits during divorce.