Alimony often presents challenges for divorcing couples, particularly after a long-term marriage. Like any other divorce issue, however, alimony is well suited to resolution through mediation. Before entering mediation, participants are encouraged to perform some basic research on how the amount and duration alimony are calculated in Massachusetts, or whichever state the divorce will take place in. Mediation often provides favorable pathways for alimony disputes by encouraging creative alimony solutions, such as full and partial alimony buyouts. For a more complete review of how alimony fits into divorce mediation, check out Kim Keyes’ blog, Divorce Mediation Keeps Alimony Focus on the Future.