Part of the significant ground-swell of support for a change to Massachusetts alimony laws came after the Pierce decision , which ordered alimony to continue past retirement. While a quick reading of the new alimony statute might lead you to believe otherwise, there are a number of scenarios in which alimony could (and in many cases will) still continue past retirement age. The Alimony Reform Act of 2011, which became effective on March 1, 2012 provides for multiple types of alimony, and for maximum amounts and duration of alimony. Any alimony orders that were in effect prior to March 1, 2012 will be considered General Term Alimony, and the Act included duration limits for General Term Alimony that we described at length in a previous post. One of the limitations on duration is contained in M.G.L. c. 208 s 49(f) and indicates that the court SHALL terminate alimony "upon the payor attaining the full retirement age." Full retirement age is defined as when he or she is
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