${}${SEMFirmNameAlt}The Law Office of Lisa A. Vance, P.C.
The Path to Your Piece of Mind
Divorce and Family Law Matters

The Law Office of Lisa A. Vance, P.C.
Se Habla Español
Click Here
View Our Practice Areas

Some states seek to change alimony rules

limony is the modern expression of the ancient idea that, upon marriage, a man is financially responsible for a woman for life. That idea has definitely changed in modern times and now, some states are attempting to limit the amount of time that an ex-spouse is required to pay alimony after a divorce.

For example, last year, a law went into effect in Massachusetts that established formulas to determine an ex-spouse's alimony responsibilities based upon the length of the marriage. The goal is to avoid situations that require a person to continue to pay alimony despite a change in circumstances, either his own or his ex-spouse's. Some other states are beginning to consider passing similar laws.

Decades ago, many women were stay-at-home moms with few employment prospects after a divorce. The alimony system developed to provide them with the income they needed when they were on their own. Today, however, most couples are made up of individuals who each have their own careers. Even in cases where there is a disparity in income, it is no longer true that one person will automatically need financial assistance for the rest of his or her life.

Critics of these sorts of alimony reform proposals point out, however, that these efforts end up hurting those who have sacrificed advancing in their own careers in order to make things easier for their spouses. Though a person may have better post-divorce prospects for employment currently, his or her spouse may have been able to accrue substantial assets in investments. Rather than establishing hard guidelines, critics suggest that alimony decisions ought to be left to the discretion of a judge.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Lisa A. Vance Awards and Recognition.

Call Us – We Can Help

Call Today At 210-265-6277 Or Email To Schedule A Confidential Consultation.
Spanish translation services are available upon request.

See All Our Videos

We have a lot of information on our website. Please use the search bar like a library. Put in your main topic and find articles to help with your issue.

Request A Consultation

The Law Office of Lisa A. Vance, P.C.
814 North Alamo Street
Suite 1
San Antonio, TX 78215

Phone: 210-265-6277
Fax: 210-582-5878
San Antonio Office Map

Request A Consultation

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy