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The 189th General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Section 26: Definition of displaced homemaker

Section 26. As used in sections twenty-seven to twenty-nine, inclusive, the following term shall have the following meaning:-- ''Displaced homemaker'', an individual who has worked in the home for a substantial number of years providing unpaid household services for family members, has had, or would have, difficulty in securing employment; has been dependent on the income of another family member but is no longer supported by such income, has been dependent on government assistance but is no longer eligible for such aid, or is supported as the parent of minor children by government assistance or spousal child support payments but whose children are within two years of reaching their majority; and is not gainfully employed or is underemployed.