Some people have speculated that alimony, as it has been traditionally understood, could be coming to an end. They point to recent reforms that were made to the laws in Massachusetts as evidence of this change.
Before the reforms, alimony could be permanent. This meant that some people got married for just a little while -- maybe just a few years -- and then had to spend far more time making alimony payments. The reforms got rid of this and set up a new formula to be used in determining how much would have to be paid and for how long.