In marriage, couples often sacrifice money, time, careers and other aspects of their life for the other. For instance, one person may cover the cost of their partner’s new vehicle to help them get to work, or they may work hard to pay for the other person’s schooling in the hope of having a higher shared income once they have a degree in a better field.
Unfortunately, life is unpredictable, and the person doing the supporting could end up facing a situation where they won’t see the benefits of their efforts. The spouse who bought that car or paid for their spouse’s education may find themselves in a difficult position when their spouse asks for a divorce unexpectedly.
This is one of the reasons why Massachusetts has reimbursement alimony.
What is reimbursement alimony, and why is it important?
Reimbursement alimony is support that is paid to one spouse to make up for costs that they took on to support the other. For example, if you pay to cover the cost of your spouse’s schooling, then you may be able to receive reimbursement alimony.
This kind of alimony is paid either in a lump sum or regularly in payments for no longer than five years following the end of your marriage. This makes it easier to get the compensation you deserve within a fair time frame.
What do you need to seek reimbursement alimony?
To seek reimbursement alimony, it’s a good idea to keep receipts and to turn those documents in to your attorney’s office for review. Your attorney will let you know if there are additional pieces of information needed, such as the cost of additional items your spouse may have needed for their schooling or career that you covered.
Can you ask for the reimbursement in a lump sum?
You can, but whether that’s possible will depend on your spouse’s ability to pay following the divorce. If a lump-sum payment isn’t possible, then your attorney will help you seek a fair payment plan that helps you recover your costs in a timely manner.
This is only one kind of alimony, but it might be something to consider if you supported your spouse’s schooling or career. You may be able to collect payments for the amount of money you’ve invested.