Fathers & Families reports that Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick signed a bill to reform alimony in the state,which used to require most men to pay “lifelong” alimony. It will also help women with short-term alimony that were not able in the past to collect it.

F&F Board Chairman Ned Holstein, MD, MS says that there’s still work to do: “The next step is to rid the alimony issue of gender bias — the idea that only men should pay it and only women should receive it. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, in two-earner couples today, women out-earn men in about 33% of couples. Yet women are alimony payers in only 4% of cases. We need an even-handed approach.”

If you want to read about what else the bill did, check out F&F below.