FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 5/11/2011

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Boston Bar Association Endorses the Alimony Reform Act of 2011

In advance of a public hearing being convened by the Judiciary Committee on May 18, 2011, the Boston Bar Association voiced its enthusiastic support for S665, The Alimony Reform Act of 2011. This bill offers a groundbreaking proposal to reform alimony practices in Massachusetts.

"The beauty of this bill is that it provides a clear framework for alimony, with specific limits regarding amounts and duration, or how much and for how long," said BBA President Donald Frederico. "This bill also preserves the court's ability to consider the facts and circumstances of each case, while providing parties with a degree of predictability and consistency in alimony orders."

Sponsored by Senator Gale Candaras and Rep. John Fernandes, this bill reflects 14 months of work by a special task force convened by Judiciary Co-Chairs Cynthia Creem and Eugene O'Flaherty.  The Family Law Section co-chair, Kelly Leighton, served as the BBA's liaison to the Task Force.

Current alimony law has long been in need of reform. S665 will address two key problems: Lack of consistency and predictability, and difficulty in setting an end date for alimony orders.

The Boston Bar Association is a non-profit, voluntary membership organization of 12,000 attorneys drawn from private practice, corporations, government agencies, legal aid organizations, the courts, and law schools. It traces its origins to meetings convened by John Adams, the lawyer who provided pro bono representation to the British soldiers prosecuted for the Boston Massacre and went on to become the second president of the United States.