Massachusetts is the latest state to enact sweeping changes to its archaic alimony laws, as alimony reform movements are gaining momentum around the country.
Both houses of the Massachusetts legislature unanimously voted to change the alimony laws, which put an end to lifetime alimony obligations and a cap on payments based on the duration of a marriage.
One of the forces behind the alimony reform movement is Elizabeth Benedict, a novelist and journalist whose op-ed piece in the Boston Globe in 2008 helped moved forward the alimony reform movement in Massachusetts.
Benedict talked with DadsDivorce.com editor Matt Allen about “medieval” alimony laws and what other states are in desperate need of reform. (Note: you can learn more about alimony reform movements in various states by visiting the sites MassAlimonyReform.org and FloridaAlimonyReform.com.)