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How does alimony work in Connecticut?

As you and your spouse prepare for divorce, you may worry about making ends meet afterward. Your spouse may have been your household’s primary breadwinner. And without their income, you might be unable to maintain your previous lifestyle. But by understanding how alimony works in Connecticut, you can take steps toward financial security after your split.

Connecticut’s alimony laws

Unlike many states, Connecticut does not have a fixed alimony formula. Instead, it is determined on a case-by-case basis. You and your spouse can reach a figure together if you pursue mediation. But if your divorce is litigated and contentious, a judge will determine your support. Either way, you will reach a figure based on various factors. These include:

  • The difference in income between you and your spouse
  • The age and health of you and your spouse
  • Whether you or your spouse receives custody of your children
  • Whether you need further education or training to support yourself
  • The length of your marriage
  • The cause of your divorce

Your spouse will pay you one of three types of alimony depending on these factors. If you need financial support while going through your divorce, you can receive temporary alimony pending litigation. In Connecticut, this payment is known as alimony pendente lite. Once your divorce finalizes, you will likely receive fixed-term alimony, so long as you have the means or ability to become self-sustaining. Yet, your spouse may have been the primary earner in a long marriage. In this case, or if your circumstances prevent you from working, you may be eligible for alimony over an indefinite duration. This arrangement could last through your lifetime, until your remarriage or for as long as needed.

Steps to support

Calculating alimony can be confusing, especially if you’re concerned its amount or length will prove inadequate. But by accounting for your unique circumstances, you can determine a figure that will allow you to live comfortably. A family law attorney can help you reach a fair settlement.