In most online posts about alimony, the focus is placed on the receiving spouse, which can leave those who must pay alimony feeling overlooked. There is a good reason for such a tight focus, as spousal support is truly necessary in many cases. However, as family law attorneys, we understand that there are times when the spouse ordered to pay alimony gets the short end of the stick.
If you are making payments that you cannot afford, we want you to know that the laws in Connecticut can work to your advantage. In cases of unbalanced spousal support awards, or if your financial situation has changed, a lawyer can help you seek modifications. By going through this process legally, you stand a very good chance of achieving an alimony modification that takes your needs and your situation into account.
We also want to advise you not to take matters into your own hands. Do not stop making your spousal support payments as it will undermine your efforts at modifying your divorce decree. For the same reason, you should also refrain from making only partial payments. In other words, continue with your court ordered payment plan, but take immediate steps to rectify your situation.
At the risk of stating the obvious, a family law attorney can help you. He or she can tell you exactly what steps to take and what documentation to gather. When you are well-prepared and knowledgeable about state laws, you will increase your odds of achieving a balanced court order. For additional information about alimony and family law in the state of Connecticut, we invite you to browse our firm’s website.