North Andover MA Alimony Mediation Lawyers
With more than 20 plus years of experience mediating divorces in the North Andover area between Allan and Amy Beth Baron, Baron Law & Mediation can help you and your partner get the best results possible in your divorce mediation. Alimony or spousal support is often one of the most important aspects of a divorce, especially in high net worth divorce cases.
How is Alimony Determined?
Alimony, in Massachusetts is appropriate where one spouse objectively needs financial help from the other for a period of time while remaining unmarried and not cohabitating in a romantic and financial relationship for more than 90 days. The idea is that when you and your partner are divorced, both parties should be able, to the extent possible to live the way you were before the divorce. If you made more money than your partner, you are most likely the person to share your income with your spouse.
Different Types of Alimony in Massachusetts
There are four types of alimony in Massachusetts:
General term alimony: support is paid regularly to an ex-spouse who is financially dependent on the former spouse. The length of the marriage, social security retirement age, retaining an unmarried status are some considerations as to the time it might be paids paid regularly to an ex-spouse who is financially dependent on the former spouse. The length of the marriage determines the length of time.
Rehabilitative alimony: support may be paid to an ex-spouse who is expected to be able to be financially independent by a predicted time
Reimbursement alimony: If the ex-spouse has paid to help the paying spouse complete life goals like an education or job training in a marriage of no more than 5 years, support may be paid regularly or one-time to the ex-spouse to make up the costs. the ex-spouse has paid to help the paying spouse complete life goals like an education or job training in a marriage of no more than 5 years, support will be paid regularly or one-time to the ex-spouse to make up the costs.
Transitional alimony: In a marriage of not more than 5 years, support paid regularly or one-time to a spouse that will need to settle into a new lifestyle or location because of the divorce.
How can Mediation Help?
Alimony is often the hardest issue to work through and couples often hate paying alimony after the divorce. Thus, hiring a mediator can help both parties understand the future goals and needs of their spouses, and see why alimony can benefit the other party. A mediator is a neutral third party that doesn’t make any decisions for you or your spouse but serves as a facilitator to figure -out what’s best for both parties. There are many benefits going through mediation instead of courts:
- Mediation is significantly less expensive than court trial and litigation
- Most mediations will conclude in a settlement of all of the issues that arise during your divorce
- You and your spouse control and are responsible for the final decisions compared to the decisions of a judge in a litigation
- Improve communication between you and your spouse and both parties may help avoid any future conflicts or at least agree on a process to move through a future disagreement.
"Working with Amy & Allan was wonderful, in what can be a very hard process. They were both
informative, up front, and honest. We were so prepared for filing, that we were able to get in front of a judge the DAY we filed at the courthouse - and that is ONLY because of the guidance Amy & Alan gave us. I felt 100% in capable, competent hands."
~ Kim: Divorce Mediation Client
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Contact Baron Law & Mediation for a free mediation couple consultation. We are a unique male-female team of divorce mediators that can settle your complex divorce. Call 978-674-8530 in North Andover, Lawrence, Haverhill, North Reading, and other communities in the North Shore MA or contact the firm online.