Lawyers e-Journal

Thursday, Jul. 21, 2011
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Photograph by 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.

Legislative News

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 Squillante.

The bill now moves on to the Senate, who could take it up as early as next week.

Click here to view the bill.

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