Alimony

The payment of alimony may or may not be part of an overall divorce settlement.

The court may mandate alimony (sometimes called spousal support) in cases involving long-term marriages or when one spouse is unable to provide for herself or himself. In many cases, however, the spouses can decide for themselves whether the settlement should include a provision for alimony.

The Law Offices of Lisa A. Ruggieri — located in Wellesley and serving the greater Boston area — is a family law firm with experience in all aspects of alimony. We can discuss your situation, explain the legal and financial issues your case presents, and help you make the right decision.

Our goal will be to help you achieve the best overall settlement — one that enables you to make a successful transition to life after divorce.

Should My Settlement Include Alimony?

The answer to this question depends on several factors, including the financial situations and personal preferences of the spouses.

For example, alimony is tax-deductible for the payer and is treated as taxable income for the receiver. Self-employed people with variable incomes may favor a particular solution. You may wish to seek a more generous property settlement rather than a monthly spousal support payment. You may want temporary support for a period of time or a longer term of payments.

If it is in your best interest, we can help you arrange unallocated support payments, which provide financial benefits to both parties.

Attorney Lisa Ruggieri can examine your circumstances and help you decide what is right for you.

Modifying Spousal Support

If your settlement includes a provision for alimony, it is possible to modify spousal support, even long after the original settlement. If your financial circumstances have changed to a significant degree, we can go to court to obtain a modification in alimony. In most cases, modifications are routine and we can achieve them in a timely and cost-efficient manner.

Contact an Alimony Lawyer

To schedule an appointment with the Law Offices of Lisa A. Ruggieri, call 781-489-3759 or send our alimony lawyers an e-mail.