Alimony in Massachusetts is ordered by the court in a divorce based upon a number of factors. Those might include how long a couple has been married, the individual incomes of each spouse and whether one spouse stayed at home to take care of the children. In some cases, it may be necessary for the court to review the original order of alimony because of a difference in circumstances with one or both of the ex-spouses.
According to Chapter 208, Section 37 of the Massachusetts Session Laws, either party may bring an action for a revision in judgment of alimony. The judge can change the amount of the alimony or otherwise alter the order. This can be done even for alimony orders that are from a foreign jurisdiction if it is determined that the jurisdiction did not have the authority over both parties to issue the alimony order.