The Alimony Reform Act has led many to seek changes to their alimony orders and agreements. The change from "lifetime alimony" was a driving force behind the Act, after all. However, that doesn't mean that everyone is entitled to a change under the Act. In Demarco v. Demarco , the Appeals Court looks at a case where two parties reached an Agreement based on an assumption that the husband was entitled to a change under the Act. That assumption was incorrect according to the Supreme Judicial Court's ruling in Chin v. Merriot (and its two companion cases, Rodman & Doktor). The recipient spouse in Demarco believed that this mistake required her case to be reopened, and the trial judge agreed. Below is a recap of the timeline in this case: May, 2010 - The Demarco's get divorced, with an agreement that includes an alimony payment ( merged order ). Mar, 2012 - The Alimony Reform Act takes effect, and it includes a provision that alimony presumptively
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