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Can a Judge Order a Party to a Divorce to Get a Job?

In a recent decision by the Appeals Court of Massachusetts - albeit under Rule 23, so it is not considered binding precedent though it can be cited for persuasive purposes - the Court overturned a portion of a divorce judgment that required the Wife, who would be receiving alimony, to seek full-time employment as a bookkeeper and to accept any offer of employment in that specific field. The trial court's judgment, the Appeals Court reasoned, overstepped its statutory authority.

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