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Alimony Calculator 2017-11-29T06:05:41+00:00

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.

Massachusetts Alimony Calculator - Holistic Divorce

  • Use our convenient alimony calculator to calculate your alimony support. The calculator needs to know a few pieces of information to accurately predict your alimony support payment.

  • Dates: Length of Marriage

    This includes the number of years and months between your wedding date and the date of service of your divorce complaint. If service of the complaint for divorce has yet to occur, try using an estimated future date.
  • Gross Weekly Income of Each Spouse

    The amount of weekly alimony is based on the difference in income between both spouses. Maximum weekly alimony is calculated at 30% to 35% of the difference between the spouses’ respective incomes. However, the needs of the recipient and the payor’s ability to pay are the base inquiry. The payor spouse is the higher-earning spouse, whereas the recipient spouse is the lower-earning spouse.
  • Factors Excluded When Calculating Income

    When the court issues an alimony support order, it leaves out various factors in calculating a couples’ income.

  • Income Used to Calculate Child Support

    If gross income was previously considered when setting an order for child support under the Massachusetts Child Support Guidelines, do not include it in your alimony support calculation.
  • Capital Gains/Interest Income

    Another factor that is excluded from alimony calculations are interest or capital gains income from assets that were equitably divided between spouses during the divorce. This is a rare consideration.