In Connecticut, a couple generally must be married at least five years or longer before spousal support, or alimony, is awarded. The court has a number of factors to consider before determining the award, which can include:
— The age of each spouse
— The health of each spouse
— The employability of each spouse
— Whether one spouse takes care of the children
— Degree of fault of each spouse, even though Connecticut is a no-fault divorce state
— The difference in income
— Many other factors
If a couple has been married for over 25 years, there may be an award for permanent alimony. The same factors are still considered and the arrangement may be modified. No matter what type of spousal support is awarded, it will stop when the receiving party remarries.
At The O’Neil Law Firm, P.C., we understand how difficult a divorce can be and that there are many considerations that must be taken care of. Alimony, child custody, child support, property division and more must be negotiated. If there is no way to come to an arrangement on the matters, then the court will need to hear arguments from each spouse and make a ruling. It is much better when the spouses can come to an agreement and allow the court to rule on that agreement.
Our attorneys are very knowledgeable when it comes to the laws governing divorce in our state and we keep up to date with the laws and procedures that are often changing for alimony and its modification. To learn more about alimony, please visit our webpages on the topic.