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Massachusetts Alimony Reform

Posted: May 18, 2015

Since the passage of the Alimony Reform Act of 2011, the Supreme Judicial Court and Appeals Court have decided over thirty cases interpreting the law, providing a rapidly expanding body of case law on the subject. The Social Law Library will be co-sponsoring an in-depth review of these cases in the upcoming seminar Alimony Reform on Appeal: Learn From the Experts on May 28, 2015 at 4PM. For those looking for more information on alimony in Massachusetts in the meantime, we have also put together a list of resources that you can find at the library below.

Law Reviews & Articles

The following Law Review and Bar Journal articles can be found online in the HeinOnline and LegalTrac databases, which Social Law members can access through the database page. If you have any difficulty retrieving an article, contact the Reference Department at reference@socialaw.com.

Julie-Anne Geraghty Stebbins,  Family Law - The Rehabilitation Illusion: How Alimony Reform in Massachusetts Fails to Compensate for Caregiving, 36 W. New Eng. L. Rev. 407 (2014).

Charles P. Kindregan, Jr., Reforming Alimony: Massachusetts Reconsiders Postdivorce Spousal Support, 46 Suffolk U. L. Rev. 13 (2013).

Rachel Biscardi, Dispelling Alimony Myths: The Continuing Need for Alimony and the Alimony Reform Act of 2011, 36 W. New Eng. L. Rev. 1 (2014).

Fern L. Frolin, Tips for Handling Cases under the New Alimony Law, 56 Boston Bar J. 19 (2012).

Books

Appellate issues under the Alimony Reform Act / Maureen McBrien, program co-chair ... [et al.], 2013.

Available at 5th floor States (Call number: KFM2500 .A966 2013)

Latest developments in alimony / sponsored with the Macaronis Institute for Trial & Appellate Advocacy, Flaschner Judicial Institute, Massachusetts Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Attorneys and the Massachusetts Bar Association, 2011.

Available at 5th floor States (Call number: KFM2500.A75 L38 2011)

Family law and practice : with forms / by Charles P. Kindregan, Jr, Maureen McBrien, Patricia A. Kindregan. Massachusetts Practice Series, 2013.  

Available at 5th floor States (Call number: KFM2480 .M3 v.1-3 2013)

 

MCLEs

Advocating under the Alimony Reform Act of 2011 / chairs, Charlene A. Caldeira, Esq., Stephen N. Lander, Esq. ; faculty, Julie R. Hess, Esq., Richard M. Novitch, Esq., Steven J. Ryan, Esq. 2014.  

Available at 5th floor MCLE (Call number: KFM2500.A75 A382 2014)

Proving & defending a claim for alimony / chair, Donald G. Tye, Esq. ; faculty, Linda A. Ouellette, Esq., Hon Gregory V. Roach. 2015

Available at 5th floor MCLE (Call number: KFM2500.A75 P76 2015)

Handling a "golden years" divorce / chair, Carolyn C. Van Tine, Esq. ; faculty, Laura E. Gibbs, Esq., John J. Ronan IV, Esq. 2015.

Available at 5th floor MCLE (Call number: KFM2500.A75 H364 2015)

 

Family law year-in review : case law update, 2014 / chair, Susan A. Huettner, Esq. ; faculty, Stephen D. Fried, Esq., Francine Gardikas, Esq., Robin Lynch Nardone, Esq. 2014.

Available at 5th floor MCLE (Call number: KFM2504.6 .F362 2014)

 

How to try a support case / chair, Linda A. Ouellette, Esq.; faculty, Jennifer A. Bingham, Esq.,  Patrick M. Hart, Esq., Regina M. Hurley, Esq. 2013.

Available at 5th floor MCLE (Call number: KFM2504.8 .H69 2013)

 

Alimony summit, 2013 / chair, Susan A. Huettner ; faculty, Marc D. Bello ... [et al.]2013.

Available at 5th floor MCLE (Call number: KFM2500 .A945 2013)

 

Trying divorce cases in Massachusetts / Donald G. Tye, Peter A. Kuperstein, Patricia A. O'Connell. 2013.

Available at 5th floor MCLE (Call number: KFM2500 .T972 2013)