The House of Representatives has unanimously approved the bill that will put an end to the so-called “lifetime alimony” payment ordered by some judges in Massachusetts divorce cases.
In addition, the bill also sets a limit on how much one spouse can be ordered to pay another.
For a marriage of 5 years or less, the maximum alimony term would be half of the number of months of marriage, or 2.5 years.
The maximum alimony term for marriages over 15 years would be 80% of the total months of marriage.
The supporters of the bill said Massachusetts’ current alimony system is outdated and creates unnecessary grudges and hesitation to settle the cases.
However, the Senate still has to consider the measure.