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I make my living in the arts. Does my spouse have a fifty percent share in rights to my works and the income they produce?

Yes and no. Yes, in the sense that artistic works, along with patents, trade secrets, and many other “intangible” properties, constitute intellectual property. And intellectual property, in Massachusetts, is marital property. No, in that Massachusetts does not assume “equal” (fifty-fifty) distribution of property between partners at the dissolution of a marriage, but rather “equitable.” Intellectual

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If I am in a long-term cohabitating relationship that began prior to the passage of the Massachusetts Alimony Reform Act can my alimony award be modified?

Under the Massachusetts Alimony Reform Act alimony can be suspended, reduced or terminated upon the cohabitation of the recipient spouse with another person for a continuous period of at least three months. However, it is only a basis for modification in divorces occurring after the effective date of the Alimony Reform Act, March 1, 2012.

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