By Matt Allen
It's official. Massachusetts' long-awaited alimony reform is now reality following Gov. Deval Patrick's signature that mostly eradicates lifetime alimony awards.
The new law allows judges to put an end date to alimony, establishes a formula, and sets guidelines to help determine the amount of alimony.
Judges were hamstrung by the state’s previous archaic laws that did not allow them to cap the duration of alimony even when they felt alimony should end, among other shortcomings.