What Is Alimony And When Will It Be Ordered?

July 6, 2020

Alimony, also known as spousal support, is an allowance paid by one spouse to the other after the couple has divorced or legally separated. Alimony is designed to recognize the recipient spouse’s contribution to the marriage and is based on the premise that one spouse may have a continuing duty to financially support his or her former partner even after the marriage has ended. Alimony may be available to both male and female spouses depending on the situation.

Connecticut courts consider a number of different factors when determining whether to order alimony, and if so, the appropriate amount. Length of the marriage, the reason(s) for the divorce, and the health of each spouse are all taken into account when deciding questions related to alimony. Each spouse’s occupation, annual income, vocational skills and earning potential are also factors courts look to when awarding alimony.

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