Alimony Reform Act of 2011

For many years, the award of spousal support upon divorce was entirely within the discretion of the presiding judge. Beyond the basic principle that alimony should be based on “need” and “ability to pay,” there was much uncertainty about how the amount and length of alimony would be determined. As a result, this issue was often litigated and left parties on both sides of the issue feeling that the results were unfair.

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