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Can I waive my right to alimony when divorcing in Connecticut?

The shortest answer to this question is yes. However, a good lawyer with divorce experience will caution you against this unless you are very well off financially. As in all areas of divorce, you should consider the spousal support option very carefully before you dismiss it outright.

Why is it so important to consider alimony? Because how your new life as a single person goes may very well depend upon it. As you may already know, even well-laid plans will often go awry. Even if you believe you have created a balanced financial plan to support yourself after divorce, it is wise to take a second look at your options. A great way to do so is by consulting with a lawyer who can help you look over your finances with an impartial perspective.

Further, you should understand that once you waive your right to receive alimony in Connecticut, you can never go back on your decision. This means that if your career or educational plans suffers a setback, it will be too late to request alimony. To help you make an informed decision, consider the questions below before you sign away your alimony.

  • Did you contribute to your spouse's financial success?
  • Will refusing alimony place you in a financially compromised position in the near future?
  • Do you lack the skills and education necessary to begin a stable career?
  • Do you suffer from any illnesses or conditions that could affect your ability to support yourself?

If you answered yes to one or more of the questions above, it is wise to reconsider your options. Alimony is not simply free money; it is a system developed to preserve your economic lifestyle and ensure you remain supported after you divorce.

Source: Alimony HQ, "Connecticut Alimony / Spousal Support," accessed Sep. 07, 2017

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