Are the Alimony Payments I Make Tax Deductible?

Not all alimony payments qualify as tax deductions.  The IRS have requirements that must be met in order for taxpayers to seek a deduction for alimony payments.  The following is a basic guideline for ensuring your alimony payments are tax deductible:

Make payments in cash or by check directly to the recipient spouse
Your payments must be in the form of cash […]

Unallocated Support: Purposes, Pluses and Pitfalls


Support, v.
“Furnishing funds or means for maintenance; to maintain; to provide for; to enable to continue; to carry on.” See Black’s Law Dictionary 2nd Ed. In a Divorce proceeding, the parties are required to address the issue of support for either of the parties to the divorce. There are different types of support that must be addressed in order for an […]

Can an Alimony Judgment be Modified Under the Terms of the Massachusetts Alimony Reform Act of 2011?

In 2011, the Massachusetts legislature enacted the Alimony Reform Act (“the Act”), which became effective March 1, 2012.  This new reform left parties and attorneys alike uncertain as to how this law would affect already existing alimony agreements and judgments (“judgments”), and specifically, whether or not past litigants would be able to make alimony modifications under the new Act.
In three […]

SL&O Pleased to Announce Hiring of Josey Lyne Payne

Stevenson, Lynch & Owens, P.C. is pleased to announce the hiring of our newest attorney, Josey Lyne Payne, who will serve as the firm’s Senior Associate Attorney.  Josey is a native of Rockland, Massachachusetts, and comes to us with inpeccable credentials, including running her own family-law focused law practice prior to joining us.  Please join us in welcoming Josey to […]

SJC: Free Lawyers for Parents in Guardianship Cases

FEBRUARY 10, 2015 -Any family law attorney will tell you that the real unsung heroes of the court system are  grandparents, aunts and uncles who act as legal guardians for children whose parents are too disinterested, abusive, or addicted to provide their kids with a healthy home.  These caring family members are not “foster parents”.  They are legal guardians who […]

Massachusetts SJC: Lifetime Alimony Survives

In three sweeping decisions announced today, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court held that provisions of the Alimony Reform Act providing for the termination of lifetime alimony when a paying party reaches federal retirement age only apply to parties who were divorced after March 1, 2012.  The three decisions, Chin v. Merriot, Rodman v. Rodman, and Doktor v. Doktor (helpfully posted […]