A judge may order you or your spouse to provide financial support while the divorce is pending or once it becomes final. How alimony is calculated varies from state to state, though courts usually award alimony to the lower-earning spouse so that he/she can sustain a reasonable standard of living.
In Massachusetts, general alimony is calculated based on a durational formula, i.e., the duration of the alimony obligation (or how long alimony will be paid) depends on the length of the marriage. For example, if you were married for six years, you may receive alimony for up to three years. If you were married for 25 years, the court may award alimony until the lower-earning spouse reaches “full retirement age” (see the below chart).
|Length of Marriage||Duration of Alimony|
|0 to 5 Years||50% of the Length of Marriage|
|6 to 10 Years||60% of the Length of Marriage|
|11 to 15 Years||70% of the Length of Marriage|
|16 to 20 Years||80% of the Length of Marriage|
|20 Years or Longer||Indefinite Duration|
Massachusetts alimony calculators determine the amount and duration of general alimony based on the length of the marriage, the spouses’ incomes and ages, and child support.