Thursday, Sep. 29, 2011
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.
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.