There are few scenarios that may lead to a modification in alimony payments. Details may be found in Chapter 208 Section 34 of Mass General Laws. Below are examples of reasons for modifications to MA alimony payments.

Changing Careers

A judge has discretion on deciding whether or not to modify an alimony order for a career change that lowers income earned. The particular conditions of the career change will be evaluated. If the change was solely intentional, it may not result in a change in alimony.

Loss of a Job

An involuntary loss of employment is a significant change in circumstances and typically leads to an adjustment to alimony payments. Keep in mind, however, this is not guaranteed. Other factors may apply such as alternate sources of income.


General term alimony typically terminates when the paying spouse reaches the age of full retirement. This is normally determined in advance. There may be variations to this based on unique circumstances, which should be supported by sufficient evidence.


If the recipient of alimony lives with a new partner for a time frame of 3 months or more, this may cause an adjustment to alimony. Alimony might be reduced, put on hold, or terminated. Likewise, if that living arrangement reverts again, it can also be reactivated.

Reasons For Modifications To MA Alimony Payments

Changes may be made to general alimony and not transition or reimbursement alimony. The figure and/or length of general alimony may be changed, suspended, or even ended completely. All changes must be decided by a judge. The information above are merely some examples. For further reasons for modifications to MA alimony payments, contact Law Offices of Peter T. DaMore Jr..