Will I have to pay alimony if our marriage lasted less than one year?
We both owe a mutual debt to the IRS. However, I do not have enough money to afford this payment.
May I withhold alimony payments from my ex-wife and use that money to pay off our IRS obligation?
Massachusetts is the latest state to enact sweeping changes to its archaic alimony laws, as alimony reform movements are gaining momentum around the country.
Both houses of the Massachusetts legislature unanimously voted to change the alimony laws, which put an end to lifetime alimony obligations and a cap on payments based on the duration of a marriage.
One of the forces behind the alimony reform movement is Elizabeth Benedict, a novelist and journalist whose op-ed piece in the Boston Globe in 2008 helped moved forward the alimony reform movement in Massachusetts.
Benedict talked with DadsDivorce.com editor Matt Allen about "medieval" alimony laws and what other states are in desperate need of reform. (Note: you can learn more about alimony reform movements in various states by visiting the sites MassAlimonyReform.org and FloridaAlimonyReform.com.)
I am looking for legal separation advice for a unique situation where my wife and I are still living together, so I need financial advice on divorce.
We have decided to remain living together in the marital home for the sake of our children, but we are about to be legally separated.
Will I have to pay her child support and alimony during this period? What are my financial obligations to her and our children if I continue to pay the bills, mortgage, etc.? Please provide me with any separation advice for men you have.
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