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Is the new alimony law bad for women?

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Wendy Murphy, an adjunct professor at New England School of Law wrote an article at cnn.com which is critical of the new Massachusetts Alimony Reform Law. The article, entitled “New alimony law is bad for women” gives examples of the unfairness of the new law. She equates alimony under the new law to earning a pension.
Ms. Murphy is correct in her criticism of the law but omits an important factor that mitigates against some of the harm. That factor is child support. The law treats child support as supporting the family of the child including the custodial parent. While a woman may not receive alimony she may receive child support for a number of years.

I agree with Ms. Murphy that making alimony a function of time spent in marriage instead of based on more equitable factors is a bad idea. I also think that the old law needed to be changed. As I wrote in an earlier posting, the new law shifts the concept of alimony from pro-woman to pro-man. However, it still needs to be …

Divorce tax tips at tax time

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Attorney J. Benjamin Stevens from South Carolina has written on his blog about Divorce Related Tax Tips atTax Time. The article is well written and worth reading. He talks about federal tax law and not matters that are specific to South Carolina. As a result, they apply to people in Massachusetts who get divorced as well.