Alimony refers to a court-ordered payment that must be made from one former spouse to another. In Connecticut, neither party is automatically entitled by law to receive alimony payments.
A Connecticut court typically considers various factors in determining whether or not to award alimony to a former spouse. The main factors which the court considers include the following:
• The length of the marriage
• Each spouse’s occupation and earning capacity/potential
The Reason(s) for the Breakdown of the Marriage
Connecticut courts use all of these factors, as well as some others, when determining how much alimony is to be paid from one former spouse to another, as well as how long the alimony payments will continue and how the payments will be made. In other words, a Connecticut court will consider all the facts and circumstances of each case when making a decision regarding alimony.
How are Alimony Payments Made in Connecticut?
Alimony payments are typically made in one of the following ways:
- The court determines that alimony is inappropriate, based upon the facts and circumstances of the case
- A nominal amount is paid to the former spouse once per year
- Alimony payments are made in a lump sum in an amount determined by the court
- Periodic alimony payments are made at time periods determined by the court
What is Rehabilitative Alimony?
In some cases, a Connecticut court may find that rehabilitative alimony is appropriate. Rehabilitative alimony refers to transitional support which is awarded to a former spouse during a period of education or training. The purpose of rehabilitative alimony is to help the recipient spouse become self-sufficient – or to help the recipient spouse make up for time that he or she was absent from the workforce.
Contact a Stamford, CT Alimony Attorney Today to Discuss Your Case
Divorce cases involving alimony oftentimes present more questions than answers. Our experienced alimony attorneys will discuss the individual facts and circumstances of your case with you and explain all of your legal options. You should feel free to contact our Stamford, CT alimony lawyers today at the Law Offices of Piazza, Simmons & Grant, LLC, by phone, at 203-348-2465, or contact us online.