Thursday, Jul. 21, 2011
Eric Fullerton of the Boston Bar Association
From left to right: BBA Family Law Co-Chair Kelly Leighton of Barnes & Leighton, MBA President Denise Squillante, David Lee of Lee & Levine, Mass Alimony Reform President Steve Hitner and Rachel Biscardi of the Womens Bar Association.
MBA applauds House passage of alimony reform
A major hurdle was cleared on July 20 when the House of
Representatives passed landmark legislation that would reform
alimony in Massachusetts.
The product of a legislative appointed task force of the major
stake holders in alimony reform, including the Massachusetts Bar
Association, this bill will enact fair and equitable alimony in
Massachusetts including time limits on alimony orders. Following
debate the bill passed by a vote of 150-0.
"For too long, litigants have been faced with a hodgepodge of
conflicting alimony orders. The bill will not only establish order,
but will provide much needed guidance to judges who are charged
with setting alimony payments," said MBA President Denise
The bill now moves on to the Senate, who could take it up as early
as next week.