Who qualifies for alimony in Massachusetts?

A spouse who needs financial support during or after a divorce may receive alimony from a spouse who has the ability to pay. Both men and women can receive alimony. Some alimony is “rehabilitative,” meaning it is temporary and intended to give one spouse the opportunity to become self-supporting. “General term” alimony is paid for a length of time that depends on the length of the marriage; the longer the marriage, the longer payments continue. Alimony may also be available after a short-term marriage to help a spouse transition to a new living situation, or to reimburse a divorcing spouse for their contributions to the other spouse’s career.