Alimony: To accept it or to refuse it, a personal choice

by | Jul 21, 2017 | Alimony, Firm News |

Your first reaction to the title of our blog post might be to wonder why anyone would refuse to accept alimony. We want you to consider a couple of things on the topic before you decide it is a ridiculous concept.

Before we get started, we want to stress the importance of considering alimony if you happen to be in a difficult spot financially. These payments can put you back on your feet after divorce and help you start a new chapter of your life.

Consider this. The world today is a much different place than it was even a few decades ago. For example, in your grandparents’ heyday, your grandfather most likely held a steady job. Your grandmother might have stayed at home or she might have worked. In either case, opportunities for women of that era were not as lucrative as they are now. As a result, more wives probably received alimony than divorced women of today do because they needed the money to survive.

Another consideration is whether you want to be completely cut off from your spouse. Receiving alimony payments can prolong your connection to your former spouse while refusing alimony can provide you with a clean and complete break. Again, we caution you to make sure you can support yourself before you decide to forego alimony altogether.

To sum up our post, we want to urge all of our readers in Hartford to explore all financial options when getting divorced. Modern law offers eligible female and male spouses several different forms of alimony to choose from. We suggest learning about these options while you are deciding if you should accept or refuse alimony. You can find more information on our website.


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