State/Prov.  : Massachusetts

Case name    : Lalchandani v. Roddy

Case #          : 86 Mass. App. Ct. 819, 22 N.E.3d 166

Court             : Massachusetts Court of Appeals

Reviewed by : Laura W. Morgan

Main issue     : Agreements

Payor spouse who had reached full Social Security retirement age was not entitled to modification of his alimony obligation, where that obligation stemmed from a separation agreement that survived as an independent contract and did not merge into the divorce judgment, notwithstanding parties’ subsequent agreement to modify one term or provision in the agreement; agreement to modify did not open door to further modifications, and parties’ stipulation reaffirmed separation agreement’s termination of alimony provisions in event of either party’s death or wife’s remarriage.

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