Attorney Simonds is an attorney admitted to the Massachusetts Bar. She concentrates... more
Attorney Simonds is an attorney admitted to the Massachusetts Bar. She concentrates in all aspects of Family Law and Divorce. She has over 10 years of experience working in Family Law and Divorce even prior to her admission to the Massachusetts Bar. She has worked in private firms concentrating in Family Law, as well as for the Massachusetts Department of Revenue, Child Support Enforcement Divi... view profile
When an ex-spouse makes payments to a former spouse after the divorce, the payments are called alimony. Alimony payments (also called spousal support) are intended to preserve the lifestyle the former spouse enjoyed before the divorce. Unlike child support, which is a required payment to fund a child's necessities, no one is guaranteed alimony. If a couple can't agree, a judge decides whether to award alimony. A divorce lawyer who specializes in alimony knows what information you need to calculate alimony, and can also help if you feel your ex-spouse is asking for too much alimony.