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Thursday, Sep. 29, 2011
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Top: Gov. Deval Patrick signs the Alimony Reform Act of 2011.

Bottom: MBA Immediate Past President Denise Squillante (second from right) and attorney Fern Frolin (second from left), past chairs of the MBA's Family Law Section, were instrumental in providing legal expertise as members of the Legislative Task Force on Alimony Reform.

Photos by Tricia Oliver.

Legislative News

Gov. Deval Patrick signs the Alimony Reform Act of 2011

The Massachusetts Bar Association celebrates Gov. Deval Patrick's signing of the Alimony Reform Act of 2011. The landmark legislation, signed on Sept. 26, 2011, enacts a fair and equitable alimony system in Massachusetts. The new act takes effect on March 1, 2012. While ensuring judicial discretion, the measure sets time limits on alimony payments based on the length of marriage. Click here to view the act.

Leading the MBA's support and work related to this long-awaited legislation was MBA Immediate Past President Denise Squillante. Both Denise and Attorney Fern Frolin (past chairs of the MBA Family Law Section) were instrumental in providing legal expertise as members of the Legislative Task Force on Alimony Reform appointed by the Joint Committee on the Judiciary.

Interested in learning more about how alimony reform will impact your practice? Register for the MBA's 21st Annual Family Law Conference on Oct. 28-29 at the Chatham Bars Inn. The conference will feature a panel which will outline the impact alimony reform will have on existing judgments, pending actions and future cases. Click here to register.

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