There are few scenarios that may lead to a modification in an alimony order. Chapter 208 Section 34 of MA General Laws summarizes potential factors. Below are a few common reasons for modifications to MA alimony orders.

Career Change

A judge has discretion on deciding whether or not to adjust an alimony order to reflect a career change that reduces earned income. The particular circumstances of the career change will be scrutinized. Intentional career changes may not result in an adjustment.

Loss of a Job

A legitimate job loss is a substantial change in circumstances and commonly leads to an alteration in alimony payments. Keep in mind, however, this is not guaranteed. Other factors may apply such as other sources of income.


General term alimony typically terminates when the paying spouse reaches the age of full retirement. This is usually outlined in the original order. There may be variations to this based on special circumstances, which must be backed up by detailed documentation.


If the recipient of alimony lives with a new partner for a period of at least 3 months, this can prompt an adjustment to alimony. Alimony can be lowered, put on hold, or terminated. Accordingly, if that living situation changes again, it can also be reactivated.

Reasons For Modifications To MA Alimony Orders

Changes can be made to general alimony and not transition or reimbursement alimony. The figure and/or length of general alimony can be altered, de-activated, or even terminated completely. All adjustments must be decided by a judge. The above are simply some examples. For further reasons for modifications to MA alimony orders, contact Martino Law Group.